About public hearings

The Royal Commission holds formal public hearings to examine evidence about child sexual abuse and how institutions responded to allegations of abuse. Each public hearing examines a different case study.

Witness lists, transcripts, exhibits, images and associated submissions are available for each case study.

After the hearing, the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission will provide witnesses, and other people who were granted Leave to Appear at the hearing, a written submission detailing what was discovered during the case study.

The submission will outline key findings based on the hearing’s evidence and the recommendations likely to come from them. The recipients of the submission may then provide their own written submissions in reply.

The Commissioners then consider this information when they form their final recommendations during the course of the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission held its First Sitting at the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday 3 April 2013.

View the Royal Commission’s schedule to see all upcoming public hearings. All case studies are listed below.

Case Studies

Case Study 22, February 2015, Melbourne

The hearing will examine the response of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Case Study 21, December 2014, Sydney

The hearing will examine the response of Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by the Ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Case Study 20, November 2014, Hobart

The public hearing will inquire into the responses by the Hutchins School and the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania to allegations of child sexual abuse at the School.

Case Study 19, October 2014, Sydney

The public hearing will inquire into the responses of the State to complaints made and litigation instituted by former residents of Bethcar Children’s Home, Brewarrina, New South Wales.

Case Study 18, October 2014, Sydney

The hearing will examine the responses by Australian Christian Churches (a Pentecostal movement in Australia) and two affiliated churches to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Case Study 17, September 2014, Darwin

The public hearing inquired into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children at the Retta Dixon Home.

Case Study 16, August 2014, Melbourne

The hearing examined the principles, practices and procedures of the Melbourne Response.

Case Study 15, July 2014, Sydney

The hearing examined the response of Swimming Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Case Study 14, June 2014, Sydney

The hearing examined the response of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong to allegations of child sexual abuse against John Gerard Nestor.

Case Study 13, June 2014, Canberra

The hearing examined the response of the Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse in schools in the ACT, NSW and Queensland.

Case Study 12, May 2014, Perth

The hearing examined the response of an independent school in Perth to concerns raised between 1999 and 2009 by teachers and others about another teacher.

Case Study 11, April 2014, Perth

The hearing examined the experiences of men who were resident at Christian Brothers' residences in Western Australia.

Case Study 10, March 2014, Sydney

The hearing examined the handling by The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory) of claims of child sexual abuse between 1993 and 2014.

Case Study 9, March 2014, Adelaide

The hearing examined the responses by the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, and the South Australian Police, to allegations of child sexual abuse at St Ann’s Special School.

Case Study 8, March 2014, Sydney

The hearing examined the response of the Catholic Church to the complaint made by John Ellis under Towards Healing.

Case Study 7, February 2014, Sydney

The hearing examined the experience of women who were sexually abused as children, between 1950-1974 while committed in The Parramatta Girls’ Training School and The Institution for Girls in Hay.

Case Study 6, February 2014, Brisbane

The hearing examined the response by the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Case Study 5, January 2014, Sydney

The hearing examined the Salvation Army’s response to child sexual abuse at boys’ homes in Indooroopilly, Riverview, Bexley and Goulburn.

Case Study 4, December 2013, Sydney

The hearing examined the establishment, operation and review of the Towards Healing process by the Catholic Church.

Case Study 3, November 2013, Sydney

The hearing examined the handling of complaints and civil litigation concerning child sexual abuse in the North Coast Children’s Home by the Anglican Diocese of Grafton in 2006 and 2007.

Case Study 2, October 2013, Sydney

The hearing examined the responses of YMCA and police to allegations made in 2011 that Jonathon Lord sexually abused children in the care of YMCA.

Case Study 1, September 2013, Sydney

The hearing examined the response of organisations, including Scouts Australia, Hunter Aboriginal Services and the then Department of Community Services, to information and allegations concerning Steven Larkins, the former CEO of Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Services.

First Sitting, April 2013, Sydney

The Royal Commission held its First Sitting at the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday 3 April 2013. The transcript is available.