Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse


2 Apr 2019

This report highlights the need for the redress scheme to be transparent and accountable. More information needs to be made publicly available. Governments and departments have a responsibility to ensure that processes are visible and understood by survivors. The committee makes recommendations aimed at ensuring...


21 Mar 2019

The NT Government reports on its reform agenda, designed to improve supports for children and families at risk of, or experiencing, vulnerability and to strengthen support services to victims and survivors of abuse.


6 Mar 2019

The Victorian government committed to reporting annually on its response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for five years, until 2022. This is the first annual report.


14 Dec 2018

This report highlights the progress being made across the Australian government to implement the recommendations made in the Royal Commission’s final report presented to the Governor-General in December 2017.

Discussion paper

13 Dec 2018

This paper seeks the views of organisations providing services or facilities for children and young people, peak associations, regulators, government agencies, and families, children and young people on the implementation and operation of Victoria’s child safe standards and associated regulatory framework. The standards were fully...


A cultural framework for addressing child sexual abuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
22 Oct 2018

This paper sets out a culturally-based practice framework for understanding and responding to child sexual abuse. The framework is designed to create and restore safety and healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.


22 Oct 2018

Today, Scott Morrison will make a national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. It is not a hollow gesture, argues Daryl Higgins.


22 Oct 2018

Hundreds of survivors of child sexual abuse, and politicians past and present, came together for this national apology from the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

Discussion paper

22 Sep 2018

The purpose of this paper is to seek feedback on proposed options for reforms to Territory laws being considered by the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice, in response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations regarding the duties and liability of institutions and the identification of...


31 Aug 2018

Catholic leaders have responded to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and have vowed that the Church’s shameful history will never be repeated.


31 Aug 2018

One of the major consequences of the abuse crisis has been the loss of trust in Church leadership and their moral influence. One of the great challenges for the future will be the restoration of that trust.


11 Jul 2018

The Victorian government acknowledges findings of historical abuse within state government institutions and the ongoing psychological and physical harm suffered by many survivors. The Victorian government is taking responsibility to ensure that these failures to protect children never happen again.


13 Jun 2018

In December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse final report made 409 recommendations. The Australian government is addressing each of these recommendations in partnership with state and territory governments.


15 Dec 2017

The Royal Commission has presented the final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.


13 Sep 2017

This research was designed to review the literature concerning child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia and elsewhere, and included 26 key international and Australian inquiry reports.

Journal article

1 Sep 2017

This article argues that the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse provides ample evidence of why organisations can and should be criminalised for systemic failures.

Journal article

31 Aug 2017

Drawing on research commissioned by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this article presents a rapid review of available evidence on the impacts of institutional abuse on survivors.


22 Aug 2017

This report follows public hearings held in Sydney in June and August 2016, which inquired into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children in certain divisions of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).


15 Aug 2017

This literature review examined the relevant Australian and international research and 'grey' literature (including previous commissions of inquiry into institutional abuse), focusing on the methodologies for using administrative data to estimate the extent of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.


14 Aug 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released 85 recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system, in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.



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