National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
The National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (National Memorial) was a key recommendation (17.6) of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission).
In the lead up to the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (National Apology), the National Apology Reference Group (Reference Group) consulted stakeholders on the Royal Commission's recommendation.
Following these consultations, the Reference Group advised the Australian Government to 'establish a national memorial for victims and survivors which is both educative in nature but also offers a place of support and reflection for survivors'. The Reference Group also recommended that 'a further process should be undertaken to settle the design and location of the national memorial, in consultation with survivors.'
In delivering the National Apology on 22 October 2018, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, honoured the courage and strength of those with lived experience of institutional child sexual abuse, and committed to establishing 'a place of truth and commemoration, to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of child sexual abuse.'
On 6 October 2020, the Government committed funding towards the establishment of the National Memorial in Canberra.
Interested stakeholders had an opportunity to share their views on the purpose, site attributes and design features of the National Memorial via the Department of Social Services (department) online consultation platform, DSS Engage. The public consultation closed at 11:59pm on Monday 30 November 2020. The department will continue to accept hardcopy survey responses until Monday 14 December 2020.
A National Memorial Advisory Group (Advisory Group), appointed by the Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Anne Ruston MP, has been established to assist the department on this important project. The Advisory Group includes sector representatives with lived experience and other experts who will advise on key aspects of the National Memorial's design, including the location and key attributes.
Following the consultation period, there will be a national competition to select a suitable design for the National Memorial.
The department will provide National Memorial updates on this webpage.
To support the consultation process, the department has developed responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the National Memorial, including questions sent to the National Memorial mailbox and those raised through the National Memorial survey. The FAQs will be updated regularly.
For more information about the Royal Commission, visit the Commission's website.
For more information about the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse, visit the Redress website.
For any other enquires please email RCMemorial@dss.gov.au.
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