National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
Update 03 December 2021
The Design Competition for the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (VSICSA) was open for entries from 12 April 2021 to 21 May 2021. The judging process experienced ongoing delays due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The jury has met and is currently deliberating on the designs with a decision due by the end of 2021. The Canberra National Memorials Committee must endorse the selected design before it can be publicly announced (expected in early 2022).
Update 16 September 2021
The design competition for the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse is now closed.
The next step of the design competition will see the Jury select the preferred scheme for approval by the Canberra National Memorials Committee.
Update 10 May 2021
Entrant registration has been extended to midnight 12 May 2021.
Please note that there will be no other changes to key dates outlined in Part 2.5 of the Design Competition Brief.
Soft copy submissions are due Friday 21 May 2021.
National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (VSICSA)
The National Memorial Design Competition is now open, closing 21 May 2021.
Interested entrants must register by midnight Friday 7 May 2021, for more information and registration go to www.RCMemorial.nca.gov.au
The National Capital Authority (NCA) is coordinating a national competition to select the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse design on behalf of the Australian Government. The competition will be open (and anonymous) to Australian design professionals (architects, landscape architects or engineers) to lead collaborative teams which may include members of the general public and where practicable, individuals with lived experience.
This will ensure that the memorial design selected for construction will be led by people professionally capable of delivering the necessary buildability, heritage and similar requirements.
The Department of Social Services conducted a national survey in November 2020 to invite people with lived experience and their supporters to share their views on the site, meaning and attributes of the memorial. The key findings from this survey have informed the competition brief. An Advisory Group of lived experience advocates and other experts has also been established to make sure that the brief reflects what is important for survivors in the memorial design.
For background to the memorial, please refer to the Department of Social Services website.
Questions regarding the design competition process should be directed to the Competition Registrar via the following email address: RCMemorial@nca.gov.au. All other questions should be directed to the Department of Social Services at RCMemorial@dss.gov.au