The Royal Commission held formal public hearings to hear evidence about child sexual abuse within institutions. The hearings did not focus on individual cases, but instead focus on case studies of how institutions have responded to allegations and proven instances of child sexual abuse. More about public hearings.

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The Royal Commission held its first public hearing on Monday, 16 September 2013. All of the case studies held since that date can be viewed on the Case Studies page. For each case study you can view the witness list, transcripts, exhibits, images and associated submissions.

The Royal Commission’s public hearings were open to the public. They could also be watched or listened to live via this website from the Case Studies page

It’s important to remember that the Royal Commission is not a court of law and cannot make decisions about criminal matters. Rather, the Commissioners will deliver recommendations based on what they discovered during a public hearing.

Visit the Findings page to find out more about recommendations and findings that have been made following public hearings.