The term 'Forgotten Australians' came into common use in about 2004 when the first report of the Senate Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care was published. The Senate used the term to describe the thousands of people who experienced institutional or out-of-home care in Australia in the twentieth century, particularly between the 1930s and the 1970s. Not every person who falls into this category identifies him or herself as a 'Forgotten Australian', or believes that their experience can be captured by this, or any other term.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 21 October 2011, Last modified: 24 February 2014