Final Report released

15 December 2017

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was delivered to the Governor-General of Australia and released today.

The Royal Commission's Final Report comprises 17 volumes and includes a total of 189 new recommendations, many of which are aimed at making institutions safer for children.

Together with the three final reports already released – Criminal Justice, Redress and Civil Litigation and Working With Children Checks – Commissioners have made a total of 409 recommendations.

Commissioners heard thousands of stories of child sexual abuse in institutions. They travelled to every state and territory to hold 57 public hearings and 8,013 private sessions. They have read 1,344 personal written accounts.

The Final Report contains 3,955 de-identified narratives based on survivors' personal experiences of child sexual abuse told during private sessions and shared in written accounts.

The Australian Government provided the Royal Commission a total of $372.8 million over five years to complete its work, including the two year extension. The Royal Commission's total estimated expenditure is $342.3 million, meaning it is expected to complete its work under budget by just over $30 million.

Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said that through the work of the Royal Commission, the Australian public has learnt about the multiple and persistent failings of institutions to keep children safe, the cultures of secrecy and cover-up, and the devastating affects child sexual abuse can have on an individual's life.

"The Final Report tells the story of institutional child sexual abuse in Australia, and provides recommendations to shape a safer future for children," Mr Reed said.

"We have now completed our work. It's up to governments and institutions to take the next steps and implement the Royal Commission's recommendations."

The Final Report structure

Click the heading of the volume to read more information.

Content updating Updating complete