Tuesday, 11 September 2018

National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Media release

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver a National Apology to victims and survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on Monday 22nd October 2018.

The National Apology, to be delivered at Parliament House in Canberra, will acknowledge and apologise for the appalling abuse endured by vulnerable children, by the very people that were supposed to care for them, leaving immeasurable and lasting damage.

The National Apology will pay tribute to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, many of whom have so bravely shared their stories through the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, with the aim of ensuring the shameful practices are never repeated in the future.

To encourage attendance from across Australia, a national ballot process will be conducted to allocate seats in the Great Hall of Parliament House and provide travel assistance, where required. Victims, survivors and others personally affected by institutional child sexual abuse are encouraged to register their interest in attending the National Apology through the ballot process.

Approximately 400 places will be available through the ballot and another 400 will be made available directly to organisations that support survivors and others affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

Additional viewing areas at Parliament House will also be open to the community on the day and the event will be televised nationally.

The Prime Minister is writing to all Premiers and Chief Ministers encouraging them to hold their own viewing events to coincide with the National Apology, to allow for the participation of those who cannot be in Canberra.

To enter the ballot, an online form can be completed and submitted via the National Apology website www.nationalapologyconsultation.gov.au by midnight on Tuesday, 25th September 2018.

Those requiring assistance to complete the form or who wish to complete it over the phone, can call the National Apology Information Line on 1800 604 604 (open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm AEST, during the ballot process). Further information about the ballot process can be found at www.nationalapologyconsultation.gov.au