History of FACT

The governing body of Tuart Place is Forgotten Australians Coming Together Inc. FACT is Western Australia’s representative body for people who were in out-of-home care during childhood, including Former Child Migrants from the UK and Malta, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian-born care leavers.

The Late Laurie Humphreys JP (pictured with FACT Board member Prof Maria Harries), an ex-resident of Bindoon Boys Town, was instrumental in the formation of FACT. As an organisation started by care leavers for care leavers, FACT’s understanding of this area is informed by first-hand knowledge.

FACT was formally launched in 2009 with the aim of providing support to anyone who had experienced out-of-home care in WA.

In 2011 FACT commissioned extensive research to inform the development of a WA Resource Service. The findings of this research, which included a Consultative Workshop and a postal survey sent to 961 Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, supported key recommendations of the Senate Inquiries and existing research in Australia and overseas.

This information was used to develop Tuart Place. The agency’s continuing improvement will be informed by feedback from service users and external evaluations.

Tuart Place is a fully incorporated, not-for-profit organisation. In 2012, FACT achieved the status of Public Benevolent Institution with Deductible Gift Recipient status.  This means that donations to FACT above $2 are tax deductible.