On 15 December 2017, the Royal Commission delivered its Final Report. The report made 409 recommendations to better protect children from sexual abuse in Australian institutions. The report included:
- 17 volumes covering a range of issues (189 recommendations)
- the Working with Children Checks Report (36 recommendations)
- the Criminal Justice Report (85 recommendations)
- the Redress and Civil Litigation Report (99 recommendations).
This is the Australian Government’s second Annual Progress Report. It shows the progress that the Australian Government has made over the last 12 months. It also highlights some of the ongoing work that will continue in 2020 and beyond. This Annual Progress Report is structured in the same way as the first Annual Progress Report so that you can easily find the information you need.
Of the 409 recommendations in the Royal Commission’s Final Report, 84 recommendations deal with redress. The Australian Government is responding to these recommendations through the National Redress Scheme, which was created for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. This is explained in more detail on pages 66–69.
Of the other 325 recommendations, 122 also needed some involvement from the Australian Government. The Australian Government is making significant progress on these recommendations and will report annually on its progress. The other recommendations need to be addressed by state and territory governments and institutions.