National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, will deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on Monday, 22 October 2018.

The Australian Government’s decision to deliver this National Apology follows the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse releasing its final report in December 2017.


In March 2018, the Government appointed an independent, survivor-focused Reference Group to advise it on the form and content of the National Apology.

A national consultation process is being undertaken by the National Apology Reference Group to reach out to survivors, their families and support people, to inform the content of the National Apology and the ceremony where it will be delivered..

The consultation will also seek views on the recommendation of the Royal Commission for a national memorial to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.​​​​​​​​

Interested parties and supports of Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse may take up an opportunity to have input to the form and wording of the apology and the memorial.

Feedback can be provided through this website or in writing (see the consultation page). Face to face consultation sessions are also being held in every State and Territory. If you wish to nominate to attend a particular consultation session, you may indicate this on the National Apology website. The National Apology Secretariat will then contact you by email with further information about the session. Places at consultation sessions are limited. If your preferred session is already fully subscribed, they will work with you on alternative ways to ensure you can contribute your views. ​

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