Final Report

The Final Report will present the conclusions of the inquiries the Royal Commission has conducted. It will make recommendations that aim to support and inform Australian governments, institutions and the general public in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. In addition the Final Report will document, for the public record, the experiences of people affected by this abuse. These conclusions and recommendations will be submitted to the Governor-General on 15 December 2017.

The report will be many volumes and cover areas including:

  • Understanding the nature, cause and impact of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts
  • What we learnt from private sessions
  • Supporting institutions to be child safe
  • Findings about institutions such as out-of-home care, schools, sport and religious institutions
  • Interventions and treatment for children with harmful sexual behaviours
  • The need for advocacy, support and therapeutic treatment services
  • Redress and civil litigation
  • Criminal justice system

Once the report is submitted to the Governor-General, it will be subsequently tabled in the Australian Parliament by the Government and then be made public. It is up to the Australian Governments and institutions to decide what actions will be taken regarding the Royal Commission’s recommendations. The report will be available publicly online after it is tabled.

Redress and civil litigation report

Released on 14 September 2015

This report contains the Royal Commission’s final recommendations on redress and civil litigation. This report addresses paragraph (d) of the Letters Patent.

(d) what institutions and governments should do to address, or alleviate the impact of, past and future child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts, including, in particular, in ensuring justice for victims through the provision of redress by institutions, processes for referral for investigation and prosecution and support services.

Read the executive summary.


Working with Children Checks Report

Released on 17 August 2015

This report contains the Royal Commission’s final recommendations on Working with Children Checks. This report addresses paragraph (a) of the Letters Patent.

(a) what institutions and governments should do to better protect children against child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts in the future.

Read the executive summary.


Interim Report - released on 30 June 2014

Volume 1 outlines why we are here, what we have done, what we are learning and what we need to do next.

Volume 2 includes the personal stories of 150 people who shared their experience of abuse by coming to a private session or providing a written account. They have been chosen as a representative group and all names and other identifying features have been changed. This volume also includes a selection of de-identified poetry given to us by survivors.

View HTML format of report.


Case study reports

Read the findings that have been made following public hearings.