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Safe Church Program

In support for those who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation:

National Memorial for Victims & Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

The Department of Social Services is seeking your views on the purpose & key attributes of the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse via a national survey. 

The Department has developed an Information Paper, which includes relevant background information to help you complete the survey. 

The National Memorial was a key recommendation (17.6) of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). 

This survey forms an important part of the Government’s commitment to establishing a memorial that reflects the views and needs of people with lived experience of institutional child sexual abuse. 

Take the survey 

The survey is open until November 22.  


Emotional & advocacy support for people affected by the Disability Royal Commission 

Free, independent and confidential support is available for people with disability 

The Australian Government’s Department of Social Services is offering support services for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. 

The Disability Royal Commission is happening right now, and they have just released their interim report.  

Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston and Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert welcomed the release of the report in a statement issued on the same day.  

The release of the interim report may create difficult feelings for some people. Free, independent and confidential emotional and advocacy support is available for people with disability, as well as families and carers. 

Support is available through 68 counselling and advocacy providers across Australia. 

For support or to find out more, call the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468 or visit www.dss.gov.au/disability-royal-commission-support  

Here are links to information and resources you may wish to share with your networks through social media, newsletters and your website: 

  • Social media post to share (see below).
  • Communication toolkit with newsletter, website and social media content.
  • Disability counselling and advocacy support web page with information and resources such as publications, captioned videos, and Easy Read and Auslan resources.
  • Follow our International Day Of People With Disability Facebook and Twitter accounts to see our social media messages and share them with your networks.
  • Visit the Department of Social Services’ website for more information including captioned videos, Easy Read and Auslan resources, a toolkit to help with communications, and a full list of organisations providing counselling, advocacy, legal and financial supports for the Disability Royal Commission. 
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