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Welcome to the Open Place web site.

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.

Please visit our
Royal Commission News page under "What's On & Latest News" for information and updates about the work of the Royal Commission.


Records, Find & Connect
Social Support Groups
Co-ordinated Support
Royal Commission Support



Update About Melbourne Response

You will have seen the media release (here) from Truth Justice Healing Council about additional payments via the Melbourne Response. Open Place has written to Melbourne Response seeking clarifications. The questions put to Melbourne Response are below:

  • Are additional Payments available only to those who have been sexually abused? What is available to those who have been criminally abused while in "care" but not sexually abused?
  • What process exists for those who have not previously been a part of the Melbourne Response? What do survivors need to do to get access to this redress scheme?
  • If survivors accept this additional payment will they be obliged to sign a deed of release preventing them from taking any civil action?
  • How is the Melbourne Response disseminating this information about a review and additional repayments? Will those who are on your books be contacted individually?
  • Will all those who apply (under the conditions) be "topped" up to the maximum of $150,000?

Open Place will place the answers to these questions (if responded to) on our website.

Commonwealth Media Release Regarding Redress

Below is the media release from the Commonwealth Government. The media release provides little detail of eligibility and time lines. As more details become available these will be posted on the web site. This is encouraging news but more needs to be known.

You can view this media release here.

Royal Commission closes registrations for private sessions

"The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is closing registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016...

...The closing date applies only to new applications for a private session. People who have already been accepted for a private session or who apply before 30 September 2016 will have an opportunity to meet with a Commissioner. The Royal Commission will still accept written accounts after 30 September 2016...

...'There can be no exceptions for any application received after that date. I know this will mean that some people will be disappointed. For that the Commissioners are sorry,' Justice McClellan said."

Open Place encourages anyone thinking about attending a private session registers before the deadline. If you change your mind later you don't have to take part.

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.

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.



Activities available at Open Place

Quilting Group - Every 2nd Monday from 10.00am - 2.00pm
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP if you wish to attend by calling 1800 779 379

Leatherwork Group- Every 3rd Tuesday from 10.00am - 1.00pm
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP if you wish to attend by calling 1800 779 379

Men's Walking Group - The last Tuesday of every month at 1.00pm
Don't forget to bring a hat, walking shoes and a drink bottle. Open Place will provide sunscreen and an umbrella.

Singing Group - The 1st Friday of every month from 1.00pm - 2.30pm.

Friday Cook-Up - A lunch is provided every Friday and served from 12.00pm - 12.30pm. All registered users welcome.

Art Group - The group is facilitated by Lea Czikowski, a Community Arts Facilitator.

They meet every second Thursday from 2-4.30pm and use the local art space called The Factory on Belgium Avenue where there is plenty of space to create art, chat, listen to music and relax.

So far they have covered drawing, sketching, water colour painting, story recording and will touch on acrylic painting this week. They also had an excursion this term to visit an art exhibition of two Forgotten Australians works.

They will break for the school term break from 24th June 2016 and will return on 14th July and finish on 8th September

The type of art and crafts they hope to cover in the next term will vary and some may yet need to be fully confirmed, but will include photography, story making, possibly doll-making and street art. This term will also include an excursion to a gallery, a street art location, or another art space.

Please RSVP if you wish to attend by calling 1800 779 379