Previous clients of Oz Child are entitled to have access to their records and to photocopy any part of their file. Information Privacy Principles and the Freedom of Information legislation are used as a point of reference in managing this process. Care leavers (and their families) wanting to find information about their time in care, or access personal files can contact OzChild.
The information below is for people who have been in care at OzChild or any of its previous agencies including:
OzChild keeps more recent case files in secure storage off site. Older files (primarily pre 1950), are placed in the Manuscript Section of the State Library. If you would like to check whether your file is in the OzChild archives or the State Library, please contact OzChild Head Office (03) 9695 2200.
If Ozchild holds your files in the archives then you will need to make a request in writing to the Executive Officer, OzChild, PO Box 1312, South Melbourne, 3205 to view your files.
Once Ozchild receives the written request, they will photocopy your files and forward them to you as soon as possible. Please be aware that the process of retrieving your file from our secure archive facility, and reviewing it to ensure compliance with privacy legislation, may take up to eight weeks.
If your file is in the State Library you will need a letter of authorisation from OzChild to access your records. You will need to make an appointment before you visit the State Library. Contact OzChild on: (03) 9695 2200
OzChild also has copies of the Admission and Discharge records from the Melbourne Orphanage dating back to 1851, and client files of former OzChild clients, including the foster care, disability and residential care files. These have been catalogued on a single searchable database.
OzChild's collection also contains records relating to Alan Marshall Centre Black Rock, Norman Craig Lodge - Black Rock, Somers House, Black Rock, Swinburne Lodge, Parkville.
Contact the Chief Executive Officer, OzChild:
Phone: (03) 9695 2200
Online Contact Form:
Level 3/150 Albert Road, South Melbourne
PO Box 1312, South Melbourne VIC 3205
03 July 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000734
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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