If you were sexually abused as a child in an Australian institution, like a school, church or sports club, you can tell your story to the Royal Commission.

There are two main ways to share your story with us – in person at a private session, or you can provide a written account. 

More than 5,000 private sessions have been held and more than 1,500 people are currently waiting for a private session. Due to this demand, the Royal Commission will close registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016.

For more information on the closure please read the announcement by the Chair of the Royal Commission on 29 April 2016 and see our frequently asked questions.

Private sessions




A private session allows survivors to speak directly with a Commissioner about their experiences, in a private and comfortable place.

Registrations for private sessions will close on 30 September 2016.

Provide a written account




Many people share their story with the Commissioners in writing. Providing your story in writing means your story will still be read by a Commissioner, however you will not meet a Commissioner in person as you would in a private session.