The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Darwin from Monday, 22 September to Wednesday, 1 October 2014.

The public hearing inquired into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children at the Retta Dixon Home.

Oral submissions in relation to this public hearing were held on Monday 17 November at 10:00am (AEDT).

Findings

Findings from Case Study 17 are now available. View the Report of Case Study No. 17 - The response of the Australian Indigenous Ministries, the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the Northern Territory police force and prosecuting authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse which occurred at the Retta Dixon Home (PDF 642 KB).

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

  1. Hear the experience of men and women who were sexually abused as children at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin, Northern Territory between 1946 – 1980.
  2. Inquire into the response of the Australian Indigenous Ministries (formally the Aborigines Inland Mission) (AIM) and the Northern Territory and Commonwealth governments to allegations of child sexual abuse against AIM workers who were employed at the Retta Dixon Home.
  3. Inquire into the response of the Northern Territory’s Police Force and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1975 and 2002 to allegations raised by residents of the Retta Dixon Home against Donald Henderson.
  4. Inquire into the current laws, policies and procedures governing children in out-of-home care in the Northern Territory today.
  5. Inquire into the redress schemes available to persons who were victims of child sexual abuse while resident at the Retta Dixon Home.
  6. Any other related matters.

Opening remarks

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Transcripts

Submissions

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