Wattle Place – Forgotten Australians
Wattle Place is a service supporting people who grew up in orphanages, children’s homes, institutions and foster homes in Australia from the 1920s to the 1990s, no matter where they now live.
Four different services operate from Wattle Place -
NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians
Aftercare Resource Centre Support Service
Find and Connect
Royal Commission Support Service
These services can provide
- Access to care records
- Assistance with health and education
- Assistance with submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
- Support for family reunions
- Family tracing
- A drop-in centre
- Social activities and events
- Life skills workshops
Wattle Place also incorporates the Aftercare Resource Centre Support Service (ARC SS)
Wattle Place, 67 High Street, Harris Park, NSW, 2150
Email or call us: 1800 663 844 or 1800 16 11 09
When you first contact Wattle Place you will speak to one of our staff members who will need to ask you some questions about how the different services may best be able to help you. We will work closely with you to sort out what is most important for your particular situation. An experienced caseworker/counsellor will then be assigned to help you. Counselling can take place either by telephone or in face-to-face sessions at Wattle Place.Is there a limit to what help I can get?
You can access the service for as long as you wish. Sometimes you may need to wait for a short period of time for a staff member to get back to you, depending on how many others are contacting the service at the time.
There are no fees for any of Wattle Place’s services as they are all fully funded by the NSW State Government and the Australian Government. However, the services are very popular and there may be a waiting time before a caseworker/counsellor is allocated to your case.
Where is Wattle Place?
Wattle Place is located at 67 High Street, Harris Park in Western Sydney (close to Harris Park and Parramatta train stations), in a large Federation house. In addition to meeting rooms and offices there is an informal drop in area, equipped with comfy seating and café style facilities and a large back garden.