Private Sessions

When the Royal Commission was appointed, it was apparent to the Australian Government that many people (possibly thousands) would wish to tell us about their personal history of sexual abuse as a child in an institutional setting. As a result, the Australian Parliament amended the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) to create a process called a ‘private session’.

Each private session was conducted by one or two Commissioners and was an opportunity for a person to tell their story of abuse in a protected and supportive environment.

Written accounts allowed individuals who did not attend private sessions to share their experiences with Commissioners.

We have heard over 8,000 personal stories in private sessions of child sexual abuse in institutions and many also shared recommendations with Commissioners.

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