Stolen Generations Reparations
In NSW, under the Aborigines Protection Act 1909, the NSW 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
Children were placed into Aboriginal children’s homes such as Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home, Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Home, and
Cootamundra Girls Training Home. Some were placed into other government and non-government homes, or 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.
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 NSW Government response.
The NSW Government response delivers a comprehensive package towards reparations for Stolen Generations survivors and their families
The NSW Stolen Generations Reparations
Scheme and Funeral
The NSW 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
until the Act was repealed on 2 June 1969.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
- A Stolen Generations Healing to support priority healing initiatives; and
- Direct financial support to four 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 NSW Government’s response. The Advisory Committee comprises of representatives from the four NSW Stolen
Generations Organisations and Government Agencies.
In March 2022, the Commonwealth Government will open its Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme. The scheme will
provide reparations and healing payments to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who were taken from their families while living
in the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory or the Jervis Bay Territory. For more information or to register as a potential
applicant, visit the National
Indigenous Australians Agency website.
In August 2021, Aboriginal Affairs NSW released a report on progress in implementing the NSW Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme.
Download the NSW
Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme Interim Report, 1 July 2017 – 31 December 2020.
Unfinished Business Progress Report to Parliament
The Unfinished Business Progress Report to Parliament (July 2018) outlines the NSW Government’s work to progress the commitments
made to Stolen Generations survivors in the NSW Government response.
The Progress Report was prepared in consultation with the survivor representatives from NSW Stolen Generations Organisations, and includes
their feedback on the progress to date to ensure survivors’ voices continue to be heard and to inform the delivery of the NSW Government’s
Closing the Gap – Stolen Generations Reparations
In August 2021 the Australian Government announced reparations for Stolen Generations survivors who were removed in the Northern Territory
and Australian Capital Territory or the Jervis Bay Territory.
For more information visit the National
Indigenous Australians Agency website.