Australian Government

Since 1997 the Australian Government has been committed to bringing to light the harm suffered by Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants in Australian institutions in the last century, and to providing support and reparation for the impact of their experiences.

The Government funds the Find and Connect service to help Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants throughout Australia to trace and reclaim their identities, restore relationships with their families where possible, come to terms with their past and help build a positive future. The Find and Connect service is operated in Queensland through Lotus Place.

To access the service, please contact Lotus Place or visit Find and Connect Australia's website.


Timeline of significant national events for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants

Year Event
1997 Bringing them Home: National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their families
2001 Lost Innocents Senate Inquiry 
2004 Forgotten Australians Report
2005 Protecting Vulnerable Children: A National Challenge
2009 Report on the progress with the implementation of the recommendations of the Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians Reports
2009 National Apology: Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivers an apology to the more than 500,000 people who as children were placed in care in an orphanage, home, or other form of out of home care during the last century.
2012 Find and Connect Services launched to improve access to family tracing and support services for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants
2012 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
2012 National Oral History project is launched by the National Library of Australia to record the experiences of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants
2018 National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse is introduced

For more information please contact Lotus Place.

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