National Apology 22nd October 2018


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 Prime Minister delivered the formal National Apology, and Leader of the Opposition addressed guests, in the Great Hall after moving the National Apology in the House of Representatives.

Survivors and those personally affected by institutional child sexual abuse can request memorabilia of the National Apology, including a copy For more information, see the government’s website here: https://www.childabuseroyalcommissionresponse.gov.au/national-apology


National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse


Speeches given in the House of Representatives chamber and the Federation Chamber


Speeches given in the Senate


Federal Apology 16th November 2009


On the 16th November 2009 at 11am the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd and former Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull delivered a Federal Apology to all Care Leavers including the Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants.

The apology was attended my hundreds and watched by thousands when delivered in the Great Hall in Parliament House, Canberra.


A transcript of the apology by Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd to the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants on 16th November 2009 at Parliament House, Canberra

Apologies from States and Organizations

Anglican Church of Australia Apology 2009

Shared Government and Church Apology SA Apology 2009

Apology from: Canadian Prime Minister

Apology from: Premier Steven Bracks

Apology from: NSW Government

Apology from: NSW Minister for Community Services

Apology from: WA Parliamentary Statement

Apology from: Queensland Government

Apology from: Irish Prime Minister

Apology By The General of the Salvation Army General Shaw Clifton

The Benevolent Society supports the Senate’s Forgotten Australians Report

Apology from Premier, The Hon. Mike Rann