Support for Forgotten Australians

Forgotten Australians, Care Leavers, who were institutionalised in their younger years, can have a deep mistrust of all institutions because of the trauma they experienced in institutional care.


Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Mr Ken Wyatt has announced that the Federal Government is providing $500,000 to fund development of an innovative “Care, the second time around” program. The funding will support South Australian not-for-profit specialist aged care organisation Helping Hand to:

  • Build the capacity of Forgotten Australians to engage with aged care
  • Support Forgotten Australians to communicate with providers and to better understand aged care systems and processes
  • Help providers respond to the aged care needs of Forgotten Australians.


The ageing group known as Care Leavers faces many challenges as their need for age care support increases, because of traumatic experiences in state care, out -of-home care or institutional care as children prior to 1989.


The largest category of Care Leavers - some 500,000 nationally - have become known as Forgotten Australians.


These were children placed in “care”, through no fault of their own and for different reasons; illness or death of a parent, family breakdown, particularly post World War II, or because of pressure being applied by authorities at a time when government and community’s support for families in need was inadequate.


As children, Forgotten Australians were deprived of love and a sense of belonging and were denied family support and contact, resulting in a sense of loss and abandonment.


This lack of identity, safety and care as children has produced enduring wellbeing challenges, as well as a mistrust of authorities and institutions.


The “Care, the second time around” program is being co-designed by Helping Hand with Relationships Australia South Australia and Flinders University.


All Australians, regardless of their background or life experience, should have access to safe, quality, affordable, culturally appropriate and flexible aged care.


People who have left institutional care are among twelve diverse groups identified by the Aged Care Diversity Framework who need special consideration and compassionate care as they age.


The funding is provided through our Government’s $34 million Dementia and Aged Care Services fund.


More information about the Aged Care Diversity Framework can be found at


Details on Helping Hands’ work with Forgotten Australians and the “Care, the second time around” program can be found at specifically:

7 April 2019.