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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.

A great achievement for Forgotten Australians is the announcement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuses. Please visit our
Royal Commission page under "About Forgotten Australians" for information and updates.

Open Place will continue to provide information and updates via our web site and by mail.


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



The Forgotten Australians (LOFA) Research Project
This important research is funded by the Australian Research Council and wants to hear from adult survivors of Australian childhood institutions or Out of Home Care, who left care during the period 1930-1989.

The researchers want to learn from these Forgotten Australians or ‘care’ leavers about their experience in care and what it was like and what it is like for them now. It is important that Forgotten Australians’ voices are listened to and heard.

In the first half of 2015, LOFA are inviting Forgotten Australians to complete an online survey and/or take part in an individual interview or, participate in a focus group.

The LOFA study seeks to build knowledge about the experiences and positive and negative life outcomes of these children.

This research will fill the gap in knowledge about Forgotten Australians who lived in care during the last century in Australia and assist in providing a knowledge base for developing responsive services for this population.

To complete the survey online visit:
Or if you prefer to complete a paper version or need assistance to complete the survey, phone: (02) 9385 1516.

Open Place will continue to provide information about this important project in our 2015 Newsletters and on the web site.