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“Your counsellor was just phenomenal.  His depth of understanding was powerful and I felt so Seen and Understood; I felt like he really got it and although it made me cry initially, it was so deeply soothing and relieving.”

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“One of the best telephone counselling services I have accessed. The person on the other end seems to understand and care about what and why I have called. Thank you all for your help and compassion.”

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“This was my first call to 1300 line. I spoke to xxx, s/he was understanding and empathetic. S/he gave me information I asked for and I felt a lot better after talking to them. I will use this line again, for sure.”

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“I’m so grateful. The first time I’ve actually spoken to a counsellor that gets it. S/he is wonderful.”

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“I feel so blessed to have found Blue Knot Foundation and been able to speak to the counsellors when I did... Strangers on the phone yet somehow know me better than those closest to me.”

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Blue Knot Helpline - 1300 657 380

If you need help, information, support or referral, or support or guidance around applying for the national redress scheme call Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380 or email between 9am-5pm Monday to Sunday AEST/ADST.

Blue Knot Helpline provides:

  • Blue Knot HelplineProfessional short-term counselling support
  • Information
  • Referrals for ongoing support
  • Support with redress applications

Our trained, experienced and trauma-informed counsellors, male and female, support adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, their partners, family and friends, health professionals and anyone in the workplace working with people who have experienced childhood trauma and abuse.

Support with redress applications

The National Redress Scheme has been operational since the 1st of July 2018. The Blue Knot Helpline team are here to support people who are looking for support with their application. There are a number of services throughout Australia to provide face-to-face support for people during the application process. We can help you link with those services by providing you with a linking up warm referral service. We will do the leg work for you, to find the right provider and then link you with them.

Alternatively, if there are no face-to-face supports services in your area, we can provide you with some support over the telephone during the application process.

Please feel free to call our helpline on 1300 657 380 Mon-Sun AEST to talk about how we can support you.

Calling the Blue Knot Helpline:

  • The line operates 9am-5pm Monday to Sunday AEST/ADST
  • If we can't answer your call straight away, it will be diverted to voicemail
  • If you leave a message, one of our counsellors will return your call as soon as possible. Please remember to leave your area code
  • If we cannot reach you, we will leave a message on your voicemail saying that the Blue Knot Helpline called. If you do not want us to leave a message for you then please let us know this when you leave your voice message for the Helpline
  • Note that the Blue Knot Helpline number will appear as blocked when we call
  • All calls received out of hours will be returned as soon as possible in normal operating hours

If you are distressed, in crisis or in immediate need of support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

Call 000 (Emergency Services) if life is in danger.

What happens when you call the Blue Knot Helpline?

Blue Knot Helpline is a specialist service. Our counsellors are trained to provide an empathetic, informative and empowering initial contact for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Because calling our Helpline is often a survivor’s first step on the path to recovery and seeking support, we believe that being focused on the needs of our callers is the best way we can support them in their choices.

 The nature of our Helpline calls varies widely and includes;
  • support and information to those affected by abuse and trauma in childhood
  • first-time disclosures from survivors
  • information and support for those caring for loved ones affected by childhood trauma and abuse
  • requests for referrals to practitioners in local areas
  • information about workshops, counselling, support and advice
  • support and information for those working with adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse 

Blue Knot Helpline does not replace the therapeutic value of face-to-face counselling. It is a stepping stone for people seeking support and a valued service for those in rural and remote Australia, and/or where face-to-face counselling in not available. The Helpline provides a helpful adjunct to face to face counselling by offering support services, information, psycho-education, and referrals. 

On Blue Knot Day each year (last Monday of October), Blue Knot Foundation releases research from its Blue Knot Helpline. Click here to download the 2015 report>>

Blue Knot Foundation referral database

Blue Knot Foundation manages a Referral Database containing the names of health practitioners and organisations with experience in supporting adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Helpline counsellors identify service providers from this database in response to requests from service users. Blue Knot Foundation provides this information as a service only and cannot guarantee its suitability for any service user’s particular needs. For further information about the referral database, including the application process and concerns or complaints about a health practitioner, please click here.


Helpline compliments, suggestions and complaints

Blue Knot Foundation accepts compliments, suggestions and complaints made by a person on their own behalf or by a person on behalf of an organisation. If you have a compliment, suggestion or complaint about the Blue Knot Helpline then please submit this via the webform located here:



"One of the best telephone counselling services I have accessed. The person on the other end seems to understand and care about what and why I have called. Thank you all for your help and compassion. I no longer call other telephone counselling services, just Blue Knot Foundation." 
- Anonymous

"Your counsellor was just phenomenal.  His depth of understanding was powerful and I felt so Seen and Understood; I felt like he really got it and although it made me cry initially, it was so deeply soothing and relieving.  It’s so rare for someone to truly get the impact; it was just amazingly potent and liberating…  I feel like your counselling line has given me a way forward and a sense of hope.  I don’t think I’ve felt that understood in a very, very long time. I’m so blessed to have had the gift of this phone call.  One hour and the right person on the other end of the phone and I cannot believe the difference it’s made" 
- Magic

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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Phone: 02 8920 3611
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

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Phone: 1300 657 380
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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