The Stolen Generations of Aboriginal Children Act 2006 was passed unanimously by both Houses of Parliament in Tasmania in November 2006. The act made provision for a $5 million fund to provide payments to eligible members of the stolen generations of Aborigines and their children.
The legislation provided for the appointment of an independent assessor, with responsibility to assess the eligibility of applicants. The Hon. Ray Groom accepted the appointment as Stolen Generations Assessor in December 2006.
The Act became operational on 15 January 2007. The office of the Stolen Generations Assessor also became operational on that day.
This report provides background to the issue of the stolen generations in Tasmania and outlines the process for assessing applications and related matters.