National consultation process
A national consultation process was undertaken throughout May to July 2018 by the Reference Group to reach out to survivors, their families and support people, to inform the content of the National Apology and the ceremony.
Fifty-eight face-to-face sessions were held across all Australian states and territories, including some regional areas, with the exception of the Northern Territory where telephone consultations were offered. More than 390 survivors, support people and their families attended the face-to-face consultation sessions. In addition, more than 360 online and paper consultation forms and pieces of emailed feedback were received.