Royal Commission to hold public hearing into Knox Grammar School

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into Knox Grammar School

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney commencing 23 February 2015 at 10:00am.

The public hearing will inquire into the response of Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, New South Wales and the Uniting Church in Australia between 1970 and 2012 to concerns raised about inappropriate conduct by a number of teachers towards students at Knox Grammar School.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The experience of sexual abuse of former students of Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, New South Wales.
  2. The response of Knox Grammar School and the Uniting Church in Australia between 1970 and 2012 to concerns raised about inappropriate conduct by a number of teachers towards students of Knox Grammar School, including investigations and subsequent criminal proceedings.
  3. The systems, policies and procedures in place at Knox Grammar School in relation to raising and responding to concerns about child sexual abuse since 1970.
  4. The regulatory system governing the response of Knox Grammar School, as a non-government school in New South Wales, to allegations of child sexual abuse by its employees against students at the school.
  5. Any other 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 9 February 2015.

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 on the Royal Commission's  website.

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