Media Releases

Thank you for your support in 2016

Thank you for your support in 2016

The Royal Commission would like to thank the community for its continuing support and important contribution to our work in 2016.

Date: December 21 2016

Research finds that children in residential care feel unsafe

Research finds that children in residential care feel unsafe

The Royal Commission has released a new research report exploring children and young people’s views about their safety in residential care. Most of the children and young people who participated in the research described feeling unsafe in residential care due to bullying, harassment and the threat of sexual assault.

Date: December 19 2016

Submissions for public hearing into disability service providers published

Submissions for public hearing into disability service providers published

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published the written submissions for the public hearing into disability service providers on its website.

Date: December 16 2016

Media Guidelines

The Royal Commission recognises that the media has an important role to play in reporting on its work. Media guidelines are available for those reporting on the work of the Royal Commission.

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Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: an empirical study

Early in our work we identified Criminal Justice as a key issue for consideration by the Royal Commission.

Date: May 25

National Council of Churches in Australia Conference

I recently conducted a private session with the mother of a boy from a Catholic school. The events the mother related occurred only a few years ago.

Date: September 10

Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Conference 2015

When delivering the Mayo Lecture at James Cook University in 1996, Sir Anthony Mason commenced by reminding his audience that judges do make law.

Date: September 04

Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia

I speak to you today as the Royal Commission enters the second half of its five year term. As you are probably aware the Commission was originally tasked to finish at the end of this year.

Date: July 15

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

One year has passed since I spoke with you in Sydney. At that time the Commonwealth Government had just received the Royal Commission’s interim report which detailed both the work we had already completed and the work we believed necessary to fulfil our terms of reference.

Date: July 04

14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Justice for victims is an elusive concept. In the civil context redress schemes providing modest money compensation without the need to prove a breach of a duty of care are commonly believed to be appropriate.

Date: March 31

Long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians study

Today is an important day for the people who we have come to know as the Forgotten Australians.

Date: February 18

Redress and civil litigation

It is just over two years ago since the Royal Commission was appointed. In that time the Commissioners have spoken with over 2,850 survivors in private sessions.

Date: January 30

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