Royal Commission announces public hearing into Swimming Australia

Royal Commission announces public hearing into Swimming Australia

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on Monday 7 July 2014 into the response of Swimming Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to examine:

  1. The response of Swimming Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse against Terrance William Buck.
  2. The response of:
    a. Swimming Australia;
    b. Swimming Queensland; and
    c. Queensland Academy of Sport
    to allegations of child sexual abuse against Scott Volkers.
  3. The response of the Offices of the Directors of Public Prosecutions in Queensland and New South Wales to allegations of child sexual abuse against Scott Volkers.
  4. The criteria by which Offices of the Directors of Public Prosecutions determine whether to prosecute allegations of child sexual assault.
  5. The response of Scone Swimming Club to the convictions of Stephen John Roser for indecent assault and for committing acts of indecency against a child.
  6. The systems, policies and procedures of Swimming Australia and its member organisations, for preventing, detecting and responding to sexual abuse and their implementation.
  7. The response of the Queensland Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian to an application by Scott Volkers for a ‘blue card’.
  8. Training of legal staff including prosecutors and liaison officers of the Offices of Directors of Public Prosecution in child sexual offending.
  9. 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 23 June 2014.

Applications for leave to appear should 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.