Final sitting

The Royal Commission will sit on Thursday 14 December 2017 9.30am AEDT in Sydney to publicly mark the conclusion of the five-year inquiry.

Fast facts

Calls handled
Letters & emails received
Private sessions held
Referrals to authorities (including police)


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The Hon. Justice
Peter McClellan AM

Headshot of Justice Jennifer Coate

The Hon. Justice
Jennifer Coate

Headshot of Commissioner Bob Atkinson AO APM

Bob Atkinson AO APM

Headshot of Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM

Robert Fitzgerald AM

Headshot of Commissioner Helen Milroy

Helen Milroy

Headshot of Commissioner Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray


Royal Commission announced
November 2012
Julia Gillard, ex-Prime Minister, announces the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) amended
March 2013
Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) was amended to allow for private sessions, the first private session was held on 7 May 2013 in Sydney.
Public hearings commence
April 2013
The first public hearing was held at the County Court of Victoria, since then 57 public hearings were conducted.
First issue paper released
June 2013
Individuals and organisations were invited to contribute responses to issues raised.
First roundtable held
April 2014
Roundtables enable representatives, regulators, policy experts, academics, survivors and advocacy groups to discuss key policy issues.
First case study report released
April 2014
The Report into Case Study No. 1: The response of institutions to the conduct of Steven Larkins, was released.
Interim report released
June 2014
The report outlined why we are here, what we have done, what we are learning and what we need to do next.
Royal Commission gets extended
September 2014
The Australian Government announced its decision to extend the Royal Commission until 15 December 2017.
First consultation paper released
January 2015
Individuals and organisations were invited to contribute responses through consultations papers.
Working With Children Checks report released
August 2015
This report contains the Royal Commission’s final recommendations on Working With Children Checks.
Redress and civil litigation report released
September 2015
This report contains the Royal Commission’s final recommendations on redress and civil litigation.
Child safe organisation elements published
July 2016
Making institutions child safe through examining the key elements to encourage child safe standards.
Criminal justice report released
August 2017
This report contains the Royal Commission’s final recommendations on the response of the criminal justice system to victims of institutional CSA.
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Message to Australia enabled people who have bravely shared their stories to the Royal Commission to send a short message to the Australian community. The messages will be published on 14 December 2017.
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Read stories of people who have shared their experience of abuse. Content warning: some material is confronting and disturbing.
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More than 8000 people shared their stories in person in a private session with a Commissioner of the Royal Commission.

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