The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney from Monday 4 April, 2016 commencing at 10:00am AEST.

On Wednesday 13 April, the hearing will commence at 11:00am AEST.

The public hearing will inquire into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children in sporting clubs.

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 experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children in sporting clubs;

2. The response of Tennis Australia, Tennis NSW and the New South Wales Institute of Sport to allegations of child sexual abuse by a tennis coach;

3. The response of Football NSW to allegations of child sexual abuse by a soccer coach;

4. The systems, policies, practices and procedures in relation to child protection and for receiving, investigating and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse promoted and implemented by:
 
  a.    Australian Olympic Committee
  b.    Australian Paralympic Committee
  c.    Australian Sports Commission
  d.    New South Wales Institute of Sport
  e.    Netball Australia
  f.     Little Athletics Australia
  g.    Surf Life Saving Australia
  h.    Football Federation Australia
  i.     Football NSW
  j.     Tennis Australia
  k.    Tennis NSW
  l.     Cricket Australia
  m.   Queensland Cricket
  n.    A local Queensland cricket club

5. Other related matters.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by Thursday 24 March 2016.  Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available here.

Leave to appear will generally be granted when an applicant:

a. has been summonsed to give evidence
b. is an institution, or is a representative of an institution, that is subject to the inquiry to be undertaken
c. may be the subject of an adverse allegation.

It is not essential for a person who will appear as a witness in a hearing to apply for leave to appear – witnesses may appear and give evidence without applying for leave. 

The form should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:  Email: solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au; or Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001. 

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