The AFL has today announced its intent to join the National Redress Scheme after writing to the Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Anne Ruston.

The National Redress Scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, for which AFL Commissioner Professor Helen Milroy sat as a Commissioner. The scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The AFL's letter of intent to join the scheme signals the view of our organisation that the safety of all children is paramount and that any abuse of children, no matter when it occurred in the past, is abhorrent and unacceptable.

The AFL continues to ensure that football is a safe, welcoming environment for all participants, and most importantly the hundreds of thousands of children across the country who are involved in football through playing, coaching, umpiring or volunteering.

The AFL are committed to working together with the Department of Social Services to explore models that allow for the AFL to participate in the Scheme and that appropriately reflect the organisation of our sport across Australia over a long period.

Free and confidential redress support services are available for anyone applying, or considering applying, for redress. These services can help explain the scheme and who can apply. For more information, visit nationalredress.gov.au or call 1800 737 377.