Public hearing commencing 9 December 2013

Public hearing commencing 9 December 2013

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 9 December 2013. The public hearing will look into the Towards Healing process adopted by the Catholic Church in responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The public hearing will examine issues including:

  • The principles and procedures of Towards Healing adopted by the Catholic Church and their application in responding to:
    • victims of child sexual abuse; and
    • allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Church.
  • The experience of people who have engaged in the Towards Healing process.

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said individuals and organisations, who believe that they have an interest in the Scope and Purpose of the public hearing, are invited to lodge an application for leave to appear.

“Applications for leave to appear can be made via the Royal Commission website and should outline why the applicant has a substantial and direct interest in appearing,” Ms Dines said.

The form and the submission should be lodged by 22 November 2013 with the Royal Commission via:

  • Email:; or
  • Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001

For more information on lodging your submission call 8282 3824 or email

The public can attend the hearing, or watch it live on the Royal Commission’s website. For more information, visit or phone 1800 099 340.

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