The Royal Commission held a public hearing to inquire into the current policies and procedures of Commonwealth, State and Territory governments in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The public hearing commenced 6 March 2017 at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney.

Location

The hearing was 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 Commonwealth, State and Territory governments 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 Commonwealth, State and Territory institutions.

  3. Factors that may have affected the institutional response of Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to child sexual abuse.

  4. The responses of Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to relevant case study report(s) and other Royal Commission reports.

  5. 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.

Opening Addresses

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Read Opening Address Part 1 (DOC 254KB)

Read Opening Address Part 2 (PDF 139KB)
Read Opening Address Part 2 (DOC 263KB)

Transcripts

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