In response to rigorous lobbying and advocacy by people affected by adoption, several inquiries into adoption policies and practices in Australia have been conducted since the late 1980’s leading to an inquiry by the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee (2012) into past forced adoption policies and practices, released on 29 February 2012 and culminating in the National Apology for Forced Adoptions in March 2013.
The Australian Governemnt formally apologised to the forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants at a special remembrance even in Canberra on 16 November 2009. The apology was an endorsement of Recommendation 1 from the 'Forgotten Australians' report of the Inquiry into Institutional Care.
The National Apology on 13th February 2008 delivered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations came about as a recommendation from The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children from their Families.
On Monday 22 October 2018, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, delivered a national apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse in the House of Representatives. The apology the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which was delivered to the Australian Government on 15 December 2017.