Royal Commission announces first public hearing to be held in Perth

6 April 2014

A public hearing will commence in Perth on 28 April 2014 into the experiences of a number of men who were resident at Christian Brothers’ residences in Western Australia.

The hearing will investigate the responses of the Christian Brothers and relevant Western Australian State authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse at the residences.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to examine:

  • The experiences of residents at Castledare Junior Orphanage, St Vincent’s Orphanage Clontarf, St Mary’s Agricultural School Tardun and Bindoon Farm School in Western Australia.
  • The response of the Christian Brothers and relevant WA State authorities to complaints made about members of the Christian Brothers who were engaged in teaching or other activities at these Christian Brothers’ institutions.
  • Claims made through Towards Healing, Redress WA, civil action and/or directly to the Christian Brothers for compensation or assistance by residents and their experiences with these processes.
  • The evidence and findings of other inquiries relating to the Christian Brothers’ institutions.

The hearing will be held at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth.


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