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On this web site you will find information about the services we provide and how Forgotten Australians can access these services.

We are committed to continuing and expanding our outreach capacity in order to better serve isolated Forgotten Australians and isolated communities.

Please click on any of the tabs below for information about the services provided by Open Place.

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Australian Government's Response to Royal Commission Redress and Civil Litigation Report

The Commonwealth Government has issued a statement about a national approach to redress for survivors of institutional abuse. See below.

The statement appears to be positive: It states that “we will soon commence discussions with the states and territories to carefully work through the many complex issues to achieve an outcome for survivors as soon as possible”.

However the statement is a little vague the leadership role of the Commonwealth Government. It says that “The Commonwealth will seek the cooperation of the States and Territories to develop a nationally consistent approach to redress through an agreed set of national principles.”

The statement contains no details of timelines, process or content of a redress scheme. There is still much work to be done. Open Place will continue to provide information as it comes to hand.

Click here to download the press release.

Treasure Trove

Treasure Trove is a collection of small creative writing pieces that were produced by Forgotten Australians with the support of Open Place.

With just a few well-chosen words - brought alive with the soulful power of visual imagery - these six-word stories, three-line poems, unsent letters, single sentences and other creative writing gems open up a treasure trove of stories and experiences. Some of the pieces of writing sparkle with wisdom, some are filled with humour, and still others intrugue with the uniqueness of their vision. Many provide a glimpse of lives unimaginably altered by traumatic childhood experiences. All demonstrate an astonishing depth of resilience and courage.

Click here to download a copy of the booklet.

We Believe You Booklet

We Believe you is a compilation of the feedback given during the INSIDE Exhibition.

This booklet celebrates the fifth anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants that was provided by the Honourable Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister, and supported by the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, former Opposition Leader, on 16 November 2009.

Click here to download the booklet.

We Remember You Booklet

We Remember You is a booklet published by Open Place, for Forgotten Australians to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the unveiling of the Memorial to Forgotten Australians on Southbank. The stories contained in this booklet are part of the history of Forgotten Australians; a history that must never be forgotten. These stories tell us about suffering, endurance and resilience. Despite continuing struggles with their past experiences each, in their own way, has made a life with meaning and purpose. If you are a registered service user of Open Place and would like a copy of the booklet, please contact us on 1800 779 379 or email us at and we’ll arrange a copy to be forwarded to you.

Alternatively, you can click here to download the booklet.

Royal Commission report on redress and civil litigation

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s report on redress and civil litigation was released on the 14th of September.

In the report, the Royal Commission recommends that ‘in order to provide redress under the most effective structure for ensuring justice for survivors, the Australian Government should establish a single national redress scheme’.

The Redress and civil litigation report contains 99 recommendations aimed at providing justice to victims of child sexual abuse in institutions.

Click here for more details.

Open Place Response to Royal Commission Consultation Paper

Open Place has written a response in regards to the Consultation Paper as released by the Royal Commission.

Click here to view Open Place's response.