Victorian Stolen Generations Reparations Design
The Victorian Government announced the Victorian Stolen Generations Reparations in March 2020.
Stolen Generations Reparations is a way of making amends for the pain and suffering that Stolen Generations may experience due to separation from family, community, culture, and country.
The Stolen Generations Reparations Steering Committee was established in December 2020 to provide recommendations and oversight on the design of Reparations.
The Steering Committee will be running yarning sessions in March and April 2021 across Victoria to ensure that all Victorian Stolen Generations are able to have a say on the design of Reparations. These sessions are being held in Horsham, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Swan Hill, Mildura, Healesville, Shepparton, Sale, Wodonga, Morwell, Heywood, and Melbourne.
Stolen Generations Reparations has not yet commenced.
The Steering Committee is made up of nine Stolen Generations people and descendants and four representatives from organisations working closely with Stolen Generations (Connecting Home Ltd, Link-Up Victoria, KHT-Koorie Family History Service, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service).
The Steering Committee will participate in and provide oversight on engagement with Stolen Generations in Victoria about the design of the Stolen Generations Reparations.
The Steering Committee’s purpose is to provide a final report of recommendations on the design of the Stolen Generations Reparations to the Department of Premier and Cabinet and include the input of Stolen Generations Victorians in this final report.
The final design of the Stolen Generations Reparations will be decided by the Victorian Government.
Members of the Steering Committee
Chair – Ian Hamm
A Yorta Yorta man, Ian a strong personal passion for supporting the Stolen Generations on their healing journey. He has extensive government and community sector experience, particularly at executive and governance levels. Ian has overseen major policy and strategic reforms for government and community organisations. He works with people from a vast array of backgrounds, managing complex and sensitive relationships to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Ian was CEO of a major Aboriginal community organisation from January to August 2018. He is now devoting himself to improving the representation of Aboriginal people on boards and other high level governance, through strategic action, advocacy and mentoring.
Annie Moore is a Wotjobaluk woman from Horsham with links to many Aboriginal communities in Victoria, through family or kindred connection. She was born and raised in Ballarat and is a part of the Stolen Generations. She is passionate about connecting with Stolen Generations to improve healing and sharing life experiences in a culturally appropriate manner. She has worked for many organisations through the years, and currently sits on community advisory boards and runs Bunjils Collective, a not-for-profit social enterprise, that has an independent art gallery, gift shop and Healing space, with the focus on positive community engagement.
Kath Apma Travis Penangke is a proud Imarnte woman of the Arrernte people of Alice Springs, First Nations Historian and a stolen generation survivor. Kath had been removed from her mother at three weeks old and adopted by a second nations family from England in South Australia. In 1985 as a nineteen year old she met her Mother for the first time. Kath has worked extensively across the education and justice sector with the Victorian First Nations community for thirty years advocating for equitable outcomes for First Nations children, young people and families. She has spent many years examining her ancestral family history and is in the first year of her PhD at Victoria University. Kath’s research seeks to explore ways in which archival stories can be re-claimed and re-authored by First Peoples to address individual, family and community identity and intergenerational healing.
Koorie Family History Service, Koorie Heritage Trust Representative
She has been a part of many boards and is currently involved with the Disability Royal Commission into Violence, Neglect, Abuse and Exploitation as a member of the First Nations Peoples’ Strategic Advisory Group. She is also a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity, on the Women with Disability Australia Board and the Chairperson of the Koonee Woong-gat Toor-rong (First Nations Community Led Sub Fund of the Australian Community Foundation) in Victoria. Her work is about the social equity across her many communities and providing access to those who are vulnerable and without voices.
Uncle Larry Walsh
Link-Up Victoria Representative
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Ltd (VALS) Representative
Connecting Home Representative
Lisa Zammit is the CEO of Connecting Home Ltd, the lead Victorian state organisation for Stolen Generation, established in 2010. Connecting Home provides diverse support services for Stolen Generations in Victoria.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stolen Generations Reparations?
What is happening with Stolen Generations Reparations, Victoria?
- The Victorian Government announced the Victorian Stolen Generations Reparations in March 2020.
- The Stolen Generations Reparations Steering Committee was established in December 2020 to provide recommendations and oversight on the design of Reparations.
- Stolen Generations Reparations has not yet commenced.
What is the Stolen Generations Reparations Steering Committee?
- The Steering Committee is made up of nine Stolen Generations people and descendants and four representatives from organisations working closely with Stolen Generations (Connecting Home Ltd, Link-Up Victoria, KHT-Koorie Family History Service, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service).
- The Steering Committee will participate in and provide oversight on engagement with Stolen Generations in Victoria about the design of the Stolen Generations Reparations.
- The Steering Committee’s purpose is to provide a final report of recommendations on the design of the Stolen Generations Reparations to the Department of Premier and Cabinet and include the input of Stolen Generations Victorians in this final report.
- The final design of the Stolen Generations Reparations will be decided by the Victorian Government.
How can I be engaged in yarning sessions about the design of Stolen Generations Reparations?
Yarning sessions will be run as
- face to face yarning circles in regional and urban areas (COVID-19 safe)
- zoom yarning circles online
- surveys which can be completed by phone, email, or in person with a nominated support worker or Steering Committee Secretariat officer
- individual submission.
Supported sessions will be available for those with a lived experience of disability.
What will the Stolen Generations Reparations Yarning Sessions be about?
- The yarning sessions aim to ensure that all Victorian Stolen Generations have the opportunity to input in the design of Stolen Generations Reparations.
- They will focus on what Victorian Stolen Generations want from Stolen Generations Reparations such as monetary compensation, counselling, apology letter, aged care, health, and corrective services that are suited to the needs of Stolen Generations.
- It will not be focussed on telling your individual story however Social Emotional Well-Being Support counsellors will be available should this be important to you.
- Please note that responses provided will not affect your Reparations application.
Do I need to provide evidence to participate in Stolen Generations Reparations yarning sessions?
- You need to be an Aboriginal Stolen Generations person or
- a descendant or parent of the Aboriginal Stolen Generations or
- nominated support person of an Aboriginal Stolen Generations person.
Records or a detailed personal history is not required.
What happens if I am Stolen Generations and I do not want to participate in Reparations yarning sessions?
What happens if I am Stolen Generations and I have applied to the National Redress Scheme?
How will my privacy be protected through the yarning process? •
All responses provided will be recorded for the purpose of collecting information for the Stolen Generations Reparations Steering Committee recommendations and final report to Victoria Government. These recordings will be securely stored and accessible only to the Steering Committee.
How do I access support to assist me in the participating in the yarning sessions?
How do I find out what happens after the yarning sessions?
The date of Stolen Generations Reparations commencement will be decided by the Victorian Government and it is expected this will be advertised.