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11th Anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants



On 16 November 2009, the Federal Government formally apologised to children who grew up in institutional or other out-of-home care prior to 1990; known as Forgotten Australians, and to children who arrived in Australia through historical child migration schemes and were also subsequently placed in care; known as Former Child Migrants.

Open Place provides free and confidential support for anyone who grew up in Victorian institutional care prior to 1990, including:

  • Records searches and family searches
  • Counselling
  • Co-ordinated support
  • National Redress support
  • Community education.

For information and support, contact Open Place between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday:

Open Place also operates a Drop In Centre in Richmond, and social support groups, both of which are currently closed due to COVID-19, but will resume in future in line with Government health advice.

The Open Place suite of services is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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