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Welcome to this website produced by the Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA). AFA is a national alliance of Forgotten Australians and supporters working in partnership to advocate for, and promote, national policies and services to meet the needs and interests of Forgotten Australians.


Since 2008, more than 175,000 copies of the AFA educational booklet have been distributed nationally and internationally.

Since 2011, more than 2,000 copies of the AFA DVD have been distributed nationally and internationally and has been accessed online tens of thousands of times.

AFA has contributed to the development and implementation of the Australian Government's four national projects announced at the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, 16 November 2009.

AFA provided advice that contributed to the development and implementation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

AFA has provided submissions to Senate and other government inquiries which aim to influence government policy and improve outcomes for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants.

AFA undertook an investigation of tertiary teaching materials for social work education on Forgotten Australians.

Learn more on the About AFA page.

What is Justice - Brisbane Art exhibition, from 12 September 2014

Showcasing art by Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. This exhibition is a conversation about their justice, whether it is possible and what it might look like. This year marks 5 years since the apology and 15 years since the Forde Inquiry, making it a perfect opportunity to reflect on the question… What is Justice?

Opening Friday 12 September 12 noon,
Brisbane City Hall, Sherwood Room, 64 Adelaide Street
Featuring the FAN Theatre Group performing “Forgotten No More” .

More details here.

Enslaved in a Magdalene laundry, Adelaide 5 September – 3 October

This exhibition depicts the experience of Australian-New York artist, Rachael Romero, who at 14, in 1967, was incarcerated, without charge and without legal trial, in the Convent of the Good Shepherd. ‘The Pines’, on Marion Road, North Plympton, SA, was one of nine of these laundries across Australia in the twentieth century.
Romero recalls, “In this Dickensian throwback, our names were taken. Our identity was taken. We were shocked into an enforced silence and ‘trained’ to carry out dangerous drudgery. Offered no remuneration for such labour we were told to offer it up for the saving of souls in the ‘next life’ and therefore beautify our pitiful selves”.

Art by Rachael Romero, a survivor of the 'The Pines', curated by Adele Chynoweth. enslaved


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