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Northern Territory Stolen Generations Class Action

Shine Lawyers has launched legal action on behalf of the Stolen Generations of the Northern Territory who were forcibly removed from their families as children. Although a formal apology has been made, the Commonwealth has refused to pay compensation to members of the Stolen Generation in the Northern Territory, despite their own recommendation to do so. All other states with similar policies have paid compensation to those affected.

What is the Stolen Generations Class Action about?

In February 2018, the Labor Party announced that members of the Stolen Generation in the Northern Territory would receive $75,000 each under a national compensation scheme. Under this scheme, survivors would also receive a $7,000 one-off payment to help with funeral expenses. A national healing fund of $10 million would also be made available. However, this proposed scheme never came to fruition. We believe that people of the Stolen Generations in the Northern Territory deserve to be compensated.

What is a redress scheme?

Redress schemes provide the people impacted by a wrongdoing with acknowledgement of their suffering, monetary payment and access to counselling where needed. Other states around Australia (including Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania) have established redress schemes for members of the Stolen Generation, however the Northern Territory is still without a redress scheme.

Who are the Stolen Generation?

The Stolen Generations are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed as children from their families and communities through race-based policies set up by both State and Federal Governments from 1910 to the 1970s.

Can I join the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Class Action?

To be a part of this class action:

  • You must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • You or your family were forcibly removed before 30 June 1978.
  • You or your family resided in the Northern Territory at the time of removal.

If you answered yes to the above, you may be entitled to compensation, and you are encouraged to register your interest in the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Class Action.

How to register for the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Class Action

To register your interest in the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Class Action on a no-cost, no-obligation basis, please click the ‘Register Now’ button below and fill out the registration form.

Sign up for the class action

If you have any questions or require any assistance in registering for the class action, please contact our Northern Territory Stolen Generations Class Action team on 1800 870 342.

Who is Shine Lawyers’ Class Action Team?

Shine Lawyers’ Class Action Team includes some of the firm’s most experienced solicitors and support staff. The team includes:

Common Questions

Joining a class action costs you nothing, and there will be no out of pocket costs for you. The legal fees and costs to run the class action will only be deducted from the settlement amount in the event of a successful outcome.

Yes, your contact details will remain confidential. Shine Lawyers will only use your personal information strictly for the purpose of the class action. In all other cases, we will seek your consent before disclosing any of your personal information or only if such disclosure is ordered by the Court.

Shine Lawyers Pty Ltd was founded 42 years ago in Queensland and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2013. As one of Australia’s largest litigation law firms, Shine is comprised of a hardworking, straight talking team of people who have the clout to take on Australia’s biggest cases.

This class action is being led by Jan Saddler. Jan has over 25 years’ experience running large and complex multiparty legal disputes including numerous class actions.

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