Easter Closure

CLAN would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Clannies and Friends of CLAN a safe and Happy Easter, if you love chocolate make sure you indulge!

This is also to let you know that CLAN will be closed on Friday 29 March and Monday 1 April 2024, the office will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2 April 2024.  Staff will respond to any messages upon their return.


Clannies are invited to the next Melbourne Social being held at Ross House on Wednesday 3 April 2024 following the Easter Break. We look forward to seeing you there.

Rev Bill Crews talks to Leonie Sheedy co-founder and CEO of Care Leavers Australia Network, who was in attendance when Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan fought back tears during a rare joint sitting of parliament to mark a historic apology to children who were neglected or abused while in institutional care.

Click here to listen or download the podcast.

Click here to listen to the Parliamentary apology to care leavers.

Dear Clannies,

Please note that CLAN will be closed on Wednesday 21 February 2024 for staff training.  The office will reopen again at 9am on Thursday 22 February 2024.

You can still leave a message and staff will return any calls upon their return.

Have a safe weekend.


The CLAN Team

Thank you to Cath from of Fully Promoted, Geelong rushing to get our new T-Shirts done by laser printing in time for the Victorian Apology on 8 February 2024.

Cost is $30, postage is additional.

We have S M L XL 2XL & 3XL at the Australian Orphanage Museum. 

The words on the back read “Justice & Redress for ALL Australian Care Leavers”.


Free buses to Parliament House

Buses will be available to transport people to and from the following regional cities:

Bendigo – Arrival 8:00am for 8:15am departure: Bendigo Railway Station, Railway Place, Bendigo. The bus will be parked opposite the Bendigo Railway Station, in front of Woolworths Bendigo Market Place.
Ballarat – Arrival 8:15am for 8:30 am departure: Ballarat Railway Station, Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. The bus will be parked within the station grounds, in a location for buses only.
Geelong – Arrival 8:30am for 9:00 am departure: Geelong, Corner Ryrie Street and Fitzroy Street, Geelong.

There is free parking available located in Ballarat and Bendigo Railway Station for you to leave your car for the day.

Parking near the corner of Ryrie and Fitzroy Street in Geelong is limited. However, additional options are found in the surrounding streets. We recommend allowing yourself sufficient time to secure parking before the bus departs.

On Thursday 8 February, Premier Jacinta Allan will make a formal Apology in Parliament to Victorians who experienced historical abuse and neglect as children in institutional care.

You can register to attend a regional gathering in Geelong, Ballarat or Sale to watch the live stream of the Apology.

To register and for more information, visit: www.dffh.vic.gov.au/Apology-live-stream.

The Apology will also be available for anyone to watch on the day via live stream online at: https://new.parliament.vic.gov.au/.

Dear Clannies,

If you wish to attend The Victorian Apology please contact the CLAN Office to register/RSVP –
1800 008 774 or support@clan.org.auBY 12th January 2024.

If you are in or near Geelong, there will be more information coming regarding transport from the Australian Orphanage Museum.

If you are unable to attend you can view The Victorian Apology Online at new.parliament.vic.gov.au, as it will be streamed live.


Dear Clannies,

Your safety online is importance to us, and we want to ensure that you stay protected from cyber threats. Recently, we’ve become aware of a potential scam targeting our members through text messages.

Scam Alert: Fake CLAN Texts! 🚫

If you receive a text message claiming to be from CLAN, requesting personal information such as passwords, account details, or any sensitive data, please be advised that it is a scam. CLAN will NEVER ask you for such information through text messages.

🔍 How to Identify the Scam:

The scam text may appear similar to the example below:

 IMPORTANT: CLAN will never request sensitive information via text!

Your safety is our priority, and together, we can create a secure online environment for everyone. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to CLAN through trusted channels.

Stay Safe! Hooroo!

Explore our latest Annual Report for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Please click here to access our About Section, where you can find a comprehensive list of our Annual Reports.

CLAN’s Annual General Meeting on:

Saturday 25th November, 2023 at 


Greenfield Parade, Bankstown

Boggabilla Room, Level 1

1.00pm – 4.00pm.



Hi Clannies! Unfortunately the latest newsletter is going to be late due to the editor being sick. Here is some latest news from Leonie via X (formerly known as Twitter) for those who aren’t on there.

This includes Terry and John’s experiences in Victorian orphanages, and Margaret’s donation to the Australian Orphanage Museum of books related to care in Ballarat orphanages.