The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the current policies and procedures of Catholic Church authorities in Australia in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The public hearing will commence on 6 February 2017 at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney.

Location

The hearing will be held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The current policies and procedures of Catholic Church authorities in Australia in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
  2. Factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse at Catholic Church institutions in Australia.
  3. Factors that may have affected the institutional response of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to child sexual abuse.
  4. The responses of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to relevant case study report(s) and other Royal Commission reports.
  5. Data relating to the extent of claims of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church of Australia.
  6. Any related matters.

The purpose of this public hearing is not to inquire into individual sets of facts or particular events as has occurred in previous Royal Commission case studies.

Read Analysis of claims of child sexual abuse made with respect to Catholic Church institutions in Australia.

Leave to appear

The Royal Commission may invite selected individuals or organisations to speak to, or give evidence about, the submissions they have previously provided, however it is not proposed that leave to appear will be granted to these individuals or organisations, on the basis that they are speaking or giving evidence in this capacity.

It is not essential for others who give evidence in a hearing to apply for leave to appear – witnesses may give evidence without applying for leave.

Any person or institution wishing to seek leave to appear is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearings by 7 December 2016

Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available here.

Themes

Read Structure, Governance and Culture Introduction (PDF 149 KB)
Read Structure, Governance and Culture Introduction (DOC 40 KB)

Read Discipline, Secrecy and Confession Introduction (PDF 177 KB)
Read Discipline, Secrecy and Confession Introduction (DOC 37 KB)

Read Data Introduction (PDF 138 KB)
Read Data Introduction (DOC 37 KB)

Transcripts

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