Consultation on the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

The Australian Government will soon commence a public consultation on the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (National Memorial) via an online survey. The survey, and accompanying information paper, will be available for viewing or downloading from 2nd November 2020 at www.engage.dss.gov.au.  The survey is anonymous and open to anyone to complete. 

The survey will open at 9:00am AEDT on Monday 2nd November 2020 and close at 11:59pm AEDT on Sunday 22nd November 2020.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recommended the Government commission a national memorial in Canberra for people with lived experience of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.  The Government accepted this recommendation in recognition of the national significance of institutional child sexual abuse and its impact on people with lived experience, their families, and communities. 

The Royal Commission also recommended that people with lived experience be consulted on the memorial design.  This survey forms part of the Government’s commitment to consult widely with people with lived experience of institutional and other forms of child sexual abuse, their families, and advocates on the National Memorial. Other stakeholders such as peak bodies, sector organisations, and people interested in public memorials are also encouraged to participate.

The department is working with a National Memorial Advisory Group (Advisory Group), appointed by the Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Anne Ruston MP.  The Advisory Group includes sector representatives with lived experience and experts who will advise onkey aspects of the memorial’s design, including the location and key attributes.  Findings from the survey will be provided to the Advisory Group to assist them in their deliberations and decision-making.

If you have any enquires please contact the National Memorial Team via RCMemorial@dss.gov.au.