Media Release by Senator the Hon Anne Ruston

Australians invited to take part in survey for National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

An online survey to give all Australians a chance to have input on the scope of the new National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse is now open.

In the 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Morrison Government announced $6.7 million to establish the National Memorial in Canberra.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston invited victims and survivors, their families, advocacy groups and other interested community members to take part in the survey.  

“We encourage everyone, particularly people with lived experience of institutional child sexual abuse, to complete the online survey as their views will play an important role in ensuring the Memorial offers victims and survivors the recognition and respect they deserve,” Minister Ruston said.

Feedback will help to inform the intent, site attributes and features of the Memorial’s design.

Minister Ruston said the Memorial would play an important role in acknowledging the impact of institutional child sexual abuse as a significant part of Australia’s history.

“Establishing the National Memorial highlights the commitment the Australian Government places on symbolic reparation and public recognition to victims and survivors to contribute to healing, and educate future generations,” Minister Ruston said.

The survey and information paper will be available on the Department of Social Services website until Sunday 22 November 2020.

The National Memorial is expected to open in 2022.