If you have attended a private session, or provided a written account of your experiences, we invite you to send your own 'Message to Australia'.
Message to Australia brochure
The ‘Message to Australia’ is an opportunity for the people who have bravely told their stories to the Royal Commission to send a short message to the Australian community about their experience and their hopes for creating a safer environment for children in the future.
At the end of the Royal Commission, these messages will be published in a book and kept at the National Library of Australia, where it will be available to members of the public and preserved for future generations.
You can participate by filling out the ‘Message to Australia’ slip included in the 'After sharing your story' brochure. You may have received this brochure already – simply tear out the slip inside, write your message and mail it back to us in the reply paid envelope. However, if you never received your brochure or have misplaced it, you can click here to order one or call the Royal Commission on 1800 099 340.
While not all of the messages will be included in the final 'Message to Australia' book – every message is important and we encourage you to share yours.
Frequently asked questions about Message to Australia
Who is eligible to send a message?
Eligibility currently extends to:
People who have shared their story with the Royal Commission in a private session
People who have shared their story with the Royal Commission via a written account
What should I write?
That's entirely up to you- it's whatever you would like to tell the Australian public in a few short sentences.
Please note that your message should not include:
Any personal information about you, the perso who abused you or the institution where the abuse occurred.
The message should be written clearly on the slip of paper provided in the 'After Sharing Your Story' brochure.
Can I type my Message to Australia in an email instead?
Messages to Australia can only be submitted in paper form.
It is intended for the final published book to reproduce the messages penned in the survivors' handwriting. This is part of the creative look and feel of the book. Messages reproduced in their handwritten form will also be featured in other places, including our website.
What else do I need to send with my Message to Australia? Do I need to resubmit my original written account and supporting documents?
You only need to send your hand written Message to Australia in the reply paid envelope provided with the brochure. No other details to identify you should be returned.
Will I be able to get a copy of the book? If yes, is the book free, or, do I need to buy it?
At this stage, it is planned for only one copy of the book to be made. It will be available for public viewing at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. If there are any changes, they will be communicted via our website.