Foster Care - State

Cummins Report (Vic.)

The Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry by the Victorian Government - known as the Cummins Report after its Chair Philip Cummins - provided a comprehensive overview of the contemporary Child Protection and out-of-home Care sectors. It made a range of recommendations that led to the development of new services, including the Bounce Project

Read more: http://childprotectioninquiry.archive.vic.gov.au/report-pvvc-inquiry.html


AFA- info booklet

The Alliance for Forgotten Australians produced an information booklet aimed at informing and educating government and community agencies and other professionals about the needs of people who spent their childhood in institutional Care.


Acknowledgement Seats, NT

There are two "Acknowledgement Seats" in Northern Territory, on the Nighcliff Foreshore in Darwin, and in Alice Springs.

In acknowledgement of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. In honour of the children who suffered abuse and neglect in institutional and out-of-home 'care'. This seat acknowledges the experiences you endured and offers a place for affirmation, remembrance and reflection.

They are a joint initiative of Relationships Australia Northern Territory, the local governments of Darwin and Alice Springs, the Alliance for Forgotten Australians, and the Find and Connect Program (Commonwealth Government).


Tasmanian Memorial, Rosny Park

An additional memorial at the Rosny Park Park Golf Coure, in suburban Hobart, funded and supported by the Find and Connect Program, and the Rosny Park Golf YMCA, and the Alliance for Forgotten Australians.

Forgotten Australians Tasmania

In memory of all that suffered while in care in Tasmanian institutions and out of home care.

Proudly sponsored by Alliance for Forgotten Australians

Key organisations: Alliance for Forgotten Australians, Rosny Park Golf YMCA, Find and Connect (Commonwealth Government)


Tasmanian Memorial, Hobart

Located in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart.

In recognition of those who experienced out of home care as children

The Forgotten Australians

In remembrance of those children who languished in institutional care. To those who succumbed to harsh punishments meted out by a severe system, we remember you. To those who overcame such experiences, we acknowledge your courage and your determination to have your story told.

"The Forgotten Australians"


WA Memorial

Located on James Street, Perth, in the grassed area in front of the WA Museum.

This memorial is jointly funded by the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments and is dedicated to all Western Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children.

This memorial brings the “Forgotten Australians” out of the shadows and into the light.  Their most enduring legacy will be that the people now and in the future will know their stories and build upon them a platform for better care.

There is a strong thread that links the way a child is raised with the person they become in adulthood.  This memorial stands as a reminder of that thread to all who create policies that affect children.


Victorian Memorial

Located on Southbank Promenade, next to the Yarra River.

World within, world without (2010) by Helen Bodycomb
This artwork reflects the constellations above Victoria at 11am on 16 November 2009, when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made his national apology to the ’Forgotten Australians’. Wattle blossoms represent the one thousand most visible stars and planets, one for every one hundred children who were in Victorian state care. Here we remember those thousands of children who were separated from their families and grew up or spent time in Victorian orphanages, children’s homes and foster homes last century. Many were frightened, abused and neglected. We acknowledge the many shattered lives and the courage and strength of those who survived. Unveiled 25th October 2010 and developed with the support of the Australian and Victorian Governments and the City of Melbourne.”


SA Memorial

Located in Peace Park, corner of Sir Edwin Smith Avenue and Brougham Place.

"In honour of children who suffered abuse in institutional and out of home care. We have grown though awareness and unity. We celebrate our courage, strength and resilience. We are no longer forgotten. Dedicated to the future protection and nurturing of all children."


NSW Memorial

Located in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens

For Forgotten Australians
In this place, we remember the many thousands of NSW children who grew up in care in the decades leading up to the 1990s – in orphanages, in Children’s Homes and foster homes,

in institutions. We remember the lonely, the frightened, the lost, the abused – those who never knew the joy of a loving family, who suffered too often at the hands of a system meant to provide for their safety and wellbeing. We rejoice in their courage and strength.  This corner of the Gardens is dedicated to their memory. Erected by the Australian and NSW Governments