The Shadow Minister for Social Services says governments need to be the fund of last resort if any institutions are unable to sign up to the National Redress Scheme.

The National Redress Scheme was created following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as a way to compensate victims.

About 450 institutions have signed up to the scheme with 11 being unable to meet the scheme’s criteria and three institutions have refused to join.

Australian Indigenous Ministries, which ran the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin, attempted to join the redress scheme, however the Department of Social Services denied the institution saying it did not have money to adequately pay out victims.

Shadow minister Linda Burney says the Federal Government needs to sort this out.