Royal Commission announces first public hearing to be held in Perth

Royal Commission announces first public hearing to be held in Perth

A public hearing will commence in Perth on 28 April 2014 into the experiences of a number of men who were resident at Christian Brothers’ residences in Western Australia.

The hearing will investigate the responses of the Christian Brothers and relevant Western Australian State authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse at the residences.

The public hearing will examine:

  • The experiences of residents at Castledare Junior Orphanage, St Vincent’s Orphanage Clontarf, St Mary’s Agricultural School Tardun and Bindoon Farm School in Western Australia.
  • The response of the Christian Brothers and relevant WA State authorities to complaints made about members of the Christian Brothers who were engaged in teaching or other activities at these Christian Brothers’ institutions.
  • Claims made through Towards Healing, Redress WA, civil action and/or directly to the Christian Brothers for compensation or assistance by residents and their experiences with these processes.
  • The evidence and findings of other inquiries relating to the Christian Brothers’ institutions.

The hearing will be held at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

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 Monday 14 April 2014.

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

The public hearing will be streamed live to the public via the webcast webpage.

Interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to view the proceedings via the webcast.