Apology to Victorians who experienced historical abuse and neglect as children in institutional care

The Premier of Victoria has made a formal Apology to Victorians who experienced historical abuse and neglect as children in institutional care.

Honourable Jacinta Allan, Premier of Victoria, has made a formal apology to Victorians who experienced historical abuse and neglect as children in institutional care.

It is estimated more than 90,000 children were placed in care in Victoria prior to 1990, where many of them experienced various forms of abuse such as physical, psychological, emotional and child sexual abuse.

The apology was held at Parliament House, on Thursday 8 February 2024. The apology was also shown at regional live stream events in Geelong, Ballarat and Sale.

Read the apology

Watch the apology online

A recording of the Apology is available on the Parliament of Victoria website(opens in a new window).

Support services

Support is available through:

For crisis help, contact Lifeline(opens in a new window). Phone 13 11 14.

For additional services for care leavers who need support, visit Pre-1990 Care Leavers(opens in a new window).

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