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What we need to do next

Key points

The terms of reference provide that we must:

  • enable those affected by child sexual abuse to share their experiences with the Royal Commission
  • fully explore claims of systemic failures by institutions in relation to child sexual abuse
  • identify what institutions and governments should do to achieve best practice in reporting and responding to child sexual abuse and ensure justice for victims.

We need another two years to undertake the work that is necessary to properly complete this task.

Private sessions

  • By the end of 2015 the Royal Commission will have conducted up to 4,000 private sessions.
  • If the Royal Commission is not extended we will not be able to hold a private session for any person who contacts us after September this year. This will deny many survivors the opportunity to share their experiences with us, in particular those from vulnerable or hard-to-reach groups.

Public hearings

  • By the end of 2015 we will be able to complete no more than 40 public hearings.
  • If the Royal Commission is not extended we will not be able to complete the additional 30 hearings we have identified as essential to fulfil the terms of reference. Another two years will enable us to complete these additional hearings. We will also be able to revisit key institutions to identify changes they have made in response to our findings and recommendations.

Research and policy

  • By the end of 2015 we will have completed up to 52 research projects.
  • If the Royal Commission is not extended we will not be able to use this research to effectively inform our recommendations. We need another two years to consult on the research outcomes and test proposals for change.

Time and resources

  • The estimated cost of extending the Royal Commission to December 2017 is $104 million, $95 million of which relates to the two additional financial years.