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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 or phone 0419854980.