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A number of AFA's members went to the Royal Commission's final hearing in Sydney on 14 December 2017 prior to the release of the reports the following day, 15 December 2017. It was an emotional and significant day for Forgotten Australians and all survivors. AFA congratulates the Commissioners and all their staff for their outstanding work and for enabling the voices of survivors to be heard with such sensitivity. AFA thanks the Australian Government for its support of the Royal Commission and for enabling the release of the reports without delay.

See the final reports here.

AFA has made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee urging the Australian Government to work with states and territories to ensure that the proposed redress scheme is truly national and inclusive of all types of abuse. The tabled draft legislation is cause for serious concern, as very few Forgotten Australians would be eligible for the scheme as it stands.

See all submissions to the inquiry here

Caroline Carroll OAM, Chair of AFA, is with Senator Slade Brockman, Chair of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee, and Senator Claire Moore, during a break after giving evidence on the draft Commonwealth redress legislation.

AFA has developed an Identity Card for Forgotten Australians. You can use it to hand out to people (like medical professionals) so that you don't have to keep explaining who you are and how your childhood experiences may have affected you. (Please note it's not a concession card). You can get copies by contacting us at admin@forgottenaustralians.org.au or phone 0419854980.

The Attorney-General's Department has provided the following information about how to request the transcript of your private session from the Royal Commission:

Thank you for your email of 27 November 2018 asking how people can request a transcript of their private session. The Attorney-General’s Department can release private session transcripts to applicants under the Royal Commissions Act 1902. All they need to do is send an email to RCrecords@ag.gov.au requesting a transcript and attach a photo or scan of some form of photo ID that includes their date of birth. If a representative is requesting on their behalf, then the representative needs to include signed written authority as well as photo ID of the applicant. (If the representative is a legal representative then just signed written authority will suffice). For reference, I’ve included a standard consent form that we use for third parties to access private session transcripts.

Please note that unfortunately, there is currently a large backlog of requests (as a general rule we only have audio recordings of private sessions and they have to be transcribed). Given the large backlog of requests we are unable to provide a predictable timeframe for completed requests at this time.

If the applicant believes there are other Royal Commission documents relating to them other than private session records (such as written accounts or submissions that they submitted to the Royal Commission), they may wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). FOI requests have a statutory time frame of 30 days, so once a request is made they could expect a response within that time. They can make an FOI request by sending it through to the same email above and stating they are making the request under the FOI Act. They would also need to include some form of ID if the records were relating to their own personal information. We note that due to section 7(2E) of the FOI Act, all private session related records are exempt from the operations of the Act.

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,

Royal Commission Branch

Attorney-General's Department

3-5 National Circuit | Barton ACT 2600

RoyalCommissionCoordination@ag.gov.au | www.ag.gov.au



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