The Royal Commission holds formal public hearings to hear evidence about child sexual abuse within institutions. The hearings do 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.

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 are open to the public. They can also be watched or listened to live via this website from the Case Studies page.

To find out when the next hearing will take place, view the Royal Commission’s schedule. If you are planning to attend in person, visit the Attend in person page so you understand the formalities associated with attending in person.

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 discover during a public hearing.

To find out more about recommendations and findings that have been made following public hearings, visit the Findings page.