The Australian Government has made three national apologies for failure to care and unjust separation of children and parents.
An apology on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.
An apology was offered to all those children who came to Australia under agreements made with the British Government with promises of opportunity, but who instead experienced mistreatment and abuse in institutions and foster homes, and in many cases life long separation from their families. Their suffering and the life long adverse consequences were documented in the Lost Innocents: Righting the Record Report (2001). In addition, the apology included the Forgotten Australians, recognized through an inquiry and report into the abuse and neglect experienced by children in institutional and out of home care (2004).
An apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for past mistreatment and the Stolen Generation.