On 21 March 2013, then Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered a national apology to those affected by former forced adoption policies and practices in Australia. The apology followed a national inquiry referred by the Senate to the Community Affairs References Committee in late 2010. The Committee’s report included 20 recommendations on how to respond to the findings. The delivery of the national apology was one recommendation; another was to promote understanding of the issues in the broader community. On the day of the apology, the government announced the National Archives would develop a website and an exhibition to:
- increase awareness and understanding of the experiences of individuals affected by forced adoption practices
- identify and share experiences of forced adoptions
- provide information about how to access records.
Read the National Apology for Forced Adoptions.
Read the Senate Inquiry Report.
Read the Government's response to the Senate Inquiry recommendations.