Our Story

On 28 April 1996 at the historical Port Arthur site in Tasmania, 35 people were tragically killed.

Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, along with their mother, died that day.

Because of this terrible act of violence, Alannah and Madeline's father, Walter Mikac AM, and a small group of volunteers, worked to set up the Foundation with the belief that all children should have a safe and happy childhood without being subjected to any form of violence.

More than 20 years ago, we first took a stand in the face of unspeakable tragedy and made a promise to do everything within our power to protect children from harm. To ensure children touched by violence can heal from it. To serve as a beacon of hope for a better, safer world.

Our purpose took hold, and our impact grew. Now, knowing the dangers children face today are increasingly complex, we continue to adapt and evolve. We are building a meaningful alliance around the country to identify, prevent and respond to the modern challenges children and young people face.

We are recognised for providing best practice prevention and care for children and young people.

We are transforming how society thinks about and responds to barriers to every child’s basic right to live free from fear.

We will never stop growing our vision.

We will never stop shining a light of hope in the dark.

We will always work to prevent harm, and where we can’t prevent, to heal.

We exist to keep children safe today, and into the future.

This is our promise.

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