The Commonwealth government set up a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Royal Commission ended on 15 December 2017. The final report has been released.
What was investigated by the Royal Commission?
The Royal Commission looked into how institutions with a responsibility for children managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
It investigated where systems failed to protect children, and made recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions.
What is a Royal Commission?
A Royal Commission is a form of public inquiry on a matter of public importance. This means that members of the public can contribute to the inquiry by giving information or other relevant material. However not all inquiry hearings are held in public. The interests in holding public hearings need to be balanced against the protection of the rights and interests of those involved in or affected by the inquiry.
When the public inquiry is completed it's recommendations, report and other appropriate material are often made widely available.
What is the Commonwealth Government's Redress Scheme?
The Commonwealth government announced that it plans to establish a Redress Scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in Commonwealth institutions, with state governments and non-government institutions able to participate by 'opting in'. For more information on this scheme click here. The scheme is not yet in place.
Where can I get more information?
Last reviewed: 18/12/2017