Royal Commission to hold public hearing into an independent school in Perth

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into an independent school in Perth

The Royal Commission will hold a second public hearing in Perth commencing Monday 19 May 2014.

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said the hearing will look into the response of an independent school in Perth to concerns raised between 1999 and 2009 by teachers and others about another teacher.

The Scope and Purpose of the public hearing is to examine:

  1. The response of the headmasters, relevant department heads and the school council of an independent school in Perth to concerns raised between 1999 and 2009 by teachers and others about the level and type of contact between a teacher and several of his students.
  2. The response of the school following the arrest of a teacher in 2009 on multiple charges of indecent dealing with a child, in relation to the victims and their families and the wider school community.
  3. The school’s response to and management of the victims’ claims for compensation.
  4. The systems, policies and procedures in place at the school between 1999 and 2014 in relation to raising and responding to concerns about child sexual abuse.
  5. The registration of the school under the Schools Education Act 1999 (WA) between 1999 and 2014.
  6. Any other related matters.

An order of the District Court of Western Australia and the Evidence Act 1906 (WA) prevent the identification of the school and the offender involved in this hearing.

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 14 May 2014.

Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available on the Royal Commission website entitled 'Application for Leave to Appear at the Royal Commission' and include a short submission setting out the basis on which it is said the applicant has a substantial and direct interest in appearing.

The form and the submission should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:

For more information on lodging your submission email solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.

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

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

More information

For more information see the Case Study 12, May 2014, Perth webpage.