Stolen Generations Reparations

In NSW, under the Aborigines Protection Act 1909, the Aborigines Welfare Board had wide ranging control over the lives of Aboriginal people including the power to remove Aboriginal children from their families and place them into care under a policy of assimilation.

Children were placed into Aboriginal Children’s Homes such as Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home, Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Home, Cootamundra Girls Training Home and also into other government and non-government homes, as well as placed into foster care or adopted.

NSW Government Response to the ‘Unfinished Business’ report

Unfinished Business, the NSW Parliament General Purpose Standing Committee’s report on its inquiry into Stolen Generations reparations, was tabled in Parliament on 23 June 2016, making 35 recommendations towards reparations. View the report here

The NSW Government response to Unfinished Business, tabled on 2 December 2016, accepted the majority of the recommendations and officially acknowledged the enduring trauma caused by the historic government policies and practices of removing Aboriginal children from their families, communities and culture. View the report here.

The NSW Government response delivers a comprehensive package towards reparations for Stolen Generations survivors and their families including:

  • A Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme and Funeral Assistance Fund. The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme provides one-off ex gratia payments and an apology to surviving Stolen Generations members who were removed by, committed to, or otherwise came to be in the care of the Aborigines Welfare Board under the Aborigines Protection Act 1909, until the Act was repealed on 20 March 1969. The Funeral Assistance Fund also provides one-off payments to Stolen Generations survivors to help with the cost of funerals.
  • Funding for collective healing initiatives, including:
    • A Stolen Generations Healing Fund will be established to support priority healing initiatives; and
    • Direct financial support to existing Stolen Generations survivor organisations.
  • A Stolen Generations Advisory Committee, to provide a forum for Stolen Generations survivors to have greater input into the decisions that impact on them, and provide advice on the implementation of the Government’s response. The Advisory Committee comprises of representatives from the NSW Stolen Generations Organisations and Government Agencies.

Unfinished Business Documents

NSW Government’s full response to Unfinished Business

General Purpose Standing Committee Inquiry Report: Reparations for the Stolen Generations in NSW: Unfinished Business Report

Minister's media releases

More than $73 Million for reparations to Stolen Generations survivors


The NSW Government has reaffirmed its commitment to working with the Stolen Generations to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children by providing a reparations package worth more than $73 million to survivors, Ministe..

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