The Australian Government has listened to the Royal Commission, survivors and victims, their families and supporters. The Australian Government acknowledges that more needs to be done to prevent and protect children from sexual abuse in institutions.
On 22 October 2018, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, apologised to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on behalf of the Australian Government, and all Australians.
The national apology was delivered in the House of Representatives chamber. A viewing of the Apology was held in the Great Hall in Parliament House. After the Apology, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition addressed guests in the Great Hall.
Copies of the speeches given in the House of Representatives chamber are below:
Survivors and those personally affected by institutional child sexual abuse can request memorabilia of the National Apology, including a copy of the National Apology.
A commemorative DVD will be available shortly.
Please complete the request form below:
Memory books were available on the day of the National Apology for people to mark the occasion with their comments, thoughts and reflections. The memory books were located in the marquees on Federation Mall.
For those who were not able or willing to attend the Apology in Canberra, you can email your comments, thoughts and reflections to the address below. The department will transfer them into the memory books.
2. Viewing the National Apology through state and territory events around Australia
The National Apology was televised live throughout Australia. Organisations and workplaces were encouraged to pause for these events and share in this occasion.
State and territory governments, and some survivor support organisations, hosted local Apology viewing events around Australia, which were for survivors not located in Canberra on the day. This allowed survivors and their supporters to share in the Apology in their local communities.
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT hosted viewing opportunities in two locations, in addition to the national events hosted at Parliament House.
On Monday 22 October survivors, families and supporters were invited to attend:
Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek.
Yarramundi Cultural Centre, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach.
New South Wales
The Premier of NSW, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, hosted a viewing event, providing a telecast of the Australian Government's National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on Monday 22 October 2018 at the:
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney.
The Lord Mayor of Newcastle hosted a screening event at:
Newcastle City Hall, Banquet Room, King Street, Newcastle.
The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Michael Gunner MLA, hosted a viewing event at Parliament House in Darwin.
The Honourable Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence hosted a viewing event on Monday, 22 October 2018 at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The Government of South Australia held six events. The State Government also delivered an apology to those who experienced abuse in South Australian institutions. Events were held at:
Adelaide Convention Centre, Panorama Room, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Berri Barmera Council Chambers, 19 Wilson Street, Berri (in partnership with the Berri Barmera Council).
Mount Gambier Library, 6 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier (in partnership with the City of Mount Gambier).
Port Augusta Central Oval Function Centre – Flinders Room, 10 Augusta Terrace.
Port Pirie Regional Council, Council Chambers, 115 Ellen Street (in partnership with Port Pirie Regional Council).
Whyalla Mount Laura Homestead (Next to Whyalla Public Library), 7-9 Ekblom Street, Whyalla Norrie(in partnership with Whyalla City Council).
The Tasmanian Government hosted a viewing opportunity at:
Hobart Function and Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier.
The Premier, Will Hodgman MP, and the Attorney-General, Elise Archer MP, were present. Relationships Australia and the Sexual Assault Support Service were also in attendance.
The Victorian Government hosted viewing opportunities in four locations:
Melbourne: Members Dining Room, Gate 2, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, Jolimont 3002.
Ballarat: Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, 613 Main Road, 3350.
Geelong: GMBHA Stadium, Geelong Football Club, Kardinia Park, Latrobe Terrace, 3320.
Traralgon: Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon, Grey Street, 3844.
The Western Australian Premier offered a formal apology in State Parliament to all Western Australian survivors of child sexual abuse on 27 June 2018:
A number of support organisations also hosted local viewing events.