The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Brisbane from 3 – 12 November 2015 and in Sydney on 20 November. This hearing concluded on Monday 30 November 2015 in Melbourne.

The public hearing inquired into the experience of former students of Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School in Queensland.

Location

The hearing was held from 3 – 12 November at the Brisbane Magistrates Court, 363 George Street, Brisbane and then on 20 November at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The hearing concluded on Monday 30 November at the County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street, Melbourne.

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

  1. The experience of former students of Brisbane Grammar School in Spring Hill, Queensland.
  2. The experience of former students at St Paul’s School in Bald Hills, Queensland.
  3. The response of the Board of Trustees, Headmasters and other members of staff of Brisbane Grammar School to complaints about the behaviour of Kevin Lynch, a former school counsellor at Brisbane Grammar School.
  4. The responses of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane Diocese, the School Council, Headmasters and other members of staff of St Paul’s School to concerns raised, or complaints made, about the behaviour of Kevin Lynch and Gregory Knight, former members of staff at St Paul’s School.
  5. The past and current systems, practices, policies and procedures in place at Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School in relation to raising and responding to concerns and complaints about child sexual abuse.
  6. The circumstances relating to Gregory Knight’s employment and registration as a teacher in Queensland.
  7. Any 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 16 October 2015.

Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available on the Royal Commission website.

Leave to appear will generally be granted when an applicant:
a. has been summoned to give evidence
b. is an institution, or is a representative of an institution, that is subject to the inquiry to be
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.

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