Going Home Conference (NT)

More than 600 Aboriginal people who had been forcibly removed from their families as children came together in Darwin for the “Going Home” Conference. It focussed on issues like access to archival records, rights and access to land, compensation, and other options for people in the Northern Territory. It was organised by the Kari Aboriginal Child Care Agency. "The concept of the conference was promoted within the Stolen Generations ex-resident groups. These groups ... are: Garden Point, Croker Island, Retta Dixon, Groote Eylandt and Kahlin Compound established in the Top End; and the Bungalow, St. Mary's and St. John's established in Central Australia" (from "The long road home: the Going Home Conference", eds Jacqui Katona, Chip Mackinolty).

Neerkol Action Support Group (Qld)

The Neerkol Action Support Group began meeting in mid-1997. Survivors of the St Joseph’s Home, Neerkol (near Rockhampton), approached the Sisters of Mercy seeking an apology and access to counselling and other support services for the abuse and neglect they experienced as children in the institution. The group, though small, was instrumental in instigating the broader political movement towards the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (1999), commonly known as the Forde Inquiry. The group’s approaches were also influential in subsequent models of recognition and redress used across Australia.

Primary documents relating to the Neerkol Action Support Group are held at the CLAN Orphanage Museum.


Home Stretch Campaign

The Home Stretch Campaign successfully lobbied for all jurisdictions in Australia to extend the age-out point for out-of-home care from 18 to 21. It combined research, media and social media campaigning, broad social and political coalition building, and a tight focus on a simple and relatable issue, to persuasively argue for system change. Beginning in 2015, each State and Territory one-by-one agreed to make the change, with the final State—New South Wales—implementing the change in December 2022.

Victorian Redress Campaign

Through the latter half of 2022 a social media, media and in-person campaign led by CLAN (Care Leavers Australasia Network) resulted in the Victorian Government announcing a new redress scheme for people who grew up in out-of-home care with the precise scope and terms of the scheme to be co-designed with survivors. It came after similar Victorian schemes were introduced in relations to the Stolen Generations and Forced Adoptions.

The Native Union (WA)

The Native Union was formed by Aboriginal activists in WA, led by William Harris. Its aim was “to secure equality for Aborigines in all spheres of West Australian cultural and social life”, through the establishment of cultural centres with educational facilities in metropolitan and country areas.