Public hearing into Victorian state run youth training and reception centres

Public hearing into Victorian state run youth training and reception centres

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 17 August 2015.

The public hearing will inquire into the experiences of former child residents at Turana Youth Training Centre, Winlaton Youth Training Centre and Baltara Reception Centre between the 1960s and early 1990s.

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

  1. The experiences of former child residents at Turana Youth Training Centre (Turana), Winlaton Youth Training Centre (Winlaton) and Baltara Reception Centre (Baltara) between the 1960s and early 1990s.
  2. The responses of Turana, Winlaton and Baltara and their staff members to child sexual abuse of former child residents of Turana, Winlaton and Baltara between the 1960s and early 1990s.
  3. The past and current policies and procedures of the:
    a. Victoria Police; and
    b. Department of Health and Human Services Victoria (and its relevant predecessors)
    in relation to children and young people in youth training, reception and youth justice centres in the State of Victoria.
  4. 4. 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 3 August 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:
Email: solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au or Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001.

The public hearing will be streamed live to the public via webcast on the Royal Commission’s website at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.