On Thursday 19th of November 2015, the State Government announced a $6 million Reparation Fund for survivors of the Stolen Generations from South Australia. This comes nearly eight years after the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. The Honourable Kyam Maher MLC announced the scheme in a strong statement made to Parliament.

Under the “Next Steps – Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme” South Australian survivors of the Stolen Generations who were forcibly removed from their parents will be eligible for an ex gratia payment of up to $50,000. Survivors will have the chance to assess if they still want to pursue other legal remedies or apply to the Reparations Scheme. According to the detail of the scheme, applicants will have 12 months from March 2016 to lodge their applications.

An additional $5 million has been allocated to be used for whole-of-community reparations, such as memorials, counselling and support programs, scholarships and exhibitions sharing the stories of the Stolen Generations.

This long overdue fund implements more of the “Bringing Them Home” Report recommendations and is a critical step in the journey of healing for many survivors of the Stolen Generations. As Minister Maher acknowledged, “no amount of money will ever be enough to undo the wrongs of the past but it’s an offer we will be making to those members of our community stolen from their families by past governments as recognition of these wrongs.”