Institutional Care

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

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National Library Oral Histories

More than 200 interviews with Australian survivors of institutional out-of-home Care by the National Library of Australia, between 2009 and 2012. Recordings and transcripts are available either online or by visiting the library in Canberra.


Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions

An exhibition by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, about the experiences of children who spent time in institutional Care in the twentieth century.

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.

CLAN - Australian Orphanage Museum

Care Leavers Australiasia Network (CLAN) manages and operates the Australian Orphanage Museum. Established in 2001 at the CLAN offices at the time in Bankstown, NSW, it is in Geelong, Victoria. Scheduled for official re-opening in 2023.


The Care Leavers' Australasia Network (CLAN) was founded in July 2000, a membership organisation for people who grew up in Institutional Care.

Key people: Joanna Penglase, Leonie Sheedy, Frank Golding, Jim Luthie

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)