knowmore is a legal advice service for survivors of sexual abuse. It was established in 2013 to support people who were ginving information to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Open Place (Vic)

A support and advocacy service for survivors of institutional Care in Victoria. Established and funded by the Victorian Government as one of its commitments after its formal apology to Victorian Forgotten Australians in 2006. Initially funding was provided to the community sector organisation Berry Street to manage Open Place. In July 2020 Relationships Australia Victoria became the provider of Open Place.

SNAP Australia

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests was established in the United States in 1989. It has since inspired other SNAP Networks across the world, including in Australia. SNAP Australia collects and consolidates materials relating to clerical abuse, including in religious Care institutions.

CLAN - Australian Orphanage Museum

Care Leavers Australiasia Network (CLAN) manages and operates the Australian Orphanage Museum in Geelong, Victoria. It opens on 1 April 2023.


The Alliance for Forgotten Australians aims to promote recognition for people who those who experienced institutional or other out-of-home care as children and young people. The organisation takes its name from the 2004 Forgotten Australians Senate Report.

Key people:




The Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation (NTSGAC) was established to provide support, services, information and advocacy for Stolen Generations and their families in NT. It provides direct support for Stolen Generations and their families, inter-generational healing and identity strengthening activities, information about national issues for individuals, and monitoring the implementation of the Bringing Them Home Report. NTSGAC is part of the National Link Up Network.

Key activist organisations and people: Link Up.


The Native Union (WA)

The Native Union was formed by Aboriginal activists in WA. 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 (State Library WA).

Key people: William Harris.

Further Reading: "Early Aboriginal Civil Resistance in WA", Overland, 2018.


Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN) was established by a small group of male survivors of sexual abuse. It runs on a model of peer support. Assists with the lodgement of redress cases, and delivers training for social services professional to better understand the effects of trauma on male survivors.