The Queensland Government recognises the experiences of people who experienced institutional or out-of-home care in Australia during the 20th Century. In particular, it recognises the difficult and often traumatic nature of these experiences and the impact on people's lives. In response to the Forde Inquiry the Queensland Government committed to working with victims of abuse to ensure the provision of appropriate services.
The term Forgotten Australians was first coined in 2004 by the Commonwealth Government Senate Community Affairs References Committee to refer to people who experienced institutional or out-of-home care in Australia during the 20th Century.
The Queensland Government commissioned the Forde Inquiry to investigate the treatment of children in licensed government and non-government institutions in Queensland.
Many Forgotten Australians are seeking access to records from their time in care and are looking to reconnect with family members.
What services and supports are available.
Available publications and resources.