Private sessions allow survivors to share their stories in person with a Commissioner.

Thousands of people have registered to take part in a private session since they began in 2013 and people continue to register their interest. To date, 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.

This will ensure those who have registered for a private session can attend one before the end of the Royal Commission in December 2017.

For more information on the closure please see our frequently asked questions.
 


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Watch Justice McClellan deliver his speech about private session registrations

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Register your interest

When you register your interest in a private session before 30 September 2016, your information will be recorded and passed to a member of the inquiry team to determine if you fall within the Terms of Reference. You will receive a confirmation email or letter confirming that your details have been entered into our database.

The Royal Commission can only act within its Terms of Reference. These define what we can and can’t do. If you are outside the Terms of Reference, we will provide you with a referral to counselling and support services.

If you are inside the Terms of Reference, your information will be recorded confidentially and you will have the opportunity to share your story with the Royal Commission.

We can also provide you with counselling and support services, if you wish.

 

The private session

If you have been registered for a private session, a member of the private sessions team will contact you to arrange an appointment and provide you with information about what happens at a private session. Once your appointment has been made, you will receive a confirmation letter or email. You will then attend a private session where you will be able to discuss your circumstances with the Royal Commission.

At the end of the private session you can speak to a counsellor for support. One of our counsellors will follow up with you after the private session by phone, if you wish.

Due to high demand nationwide, the current wait time in some parts of Australia for a private session is 12 months. 

If you would like to check whether you are currently on the waiting list or have previously been unsure about speaking with the Royal Commission in a private session, please contact us on 1800 099 340 or via contact@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au. 

You will still be able to provide a written account to the Royal Commission after 30 September 2016.

If you have shared your story in a private session or written account, we invite you to send a Message to Australia.

The Royal Commission encourages children and young people and their families to share their story with us in a private session. Find out more about private sessions for children and young people.

For more information on private sessions please see our frequently asked questions.
 


 

Video guide on how to share your story

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Video guide on how to share your story for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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