The National Apology for Forced Adoptions - Prime Minister Julia Gillard, March 2013, courtesy of .
The Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices has been the subject of a Senate Committee Inquiry which commenced in 2011. The Inquiry was established as a result of the efforts over many years of many mothers who were separated from their children by adoption. The report was handed down on 29 February 2012. On 21 March 2013, the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.
The terms of reference were for the Community Affairs Reference Committee to inquire and report on:
The role, if any, of the Commonwealth Government, its policies and practices in contributing to forced adoption; and
The potential role of the Commonwealth in developing a national framework to assist states and territories to address the consequences for the mothers, their families and children who were subject to forced adoption policies.