Criminal Justice report

Released on 14 August 2017

This report contains the Royal Commission’s final recommendations on criminal justice. This report addresses part of paragraph (d) of the Letters Patent, which requires the Royal Commission to inquire into:

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.

It also addresses paragraphs (a) to (c) of the Letters Patent, which require the Royal Commission to inquire into:

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

(b) what institutions and governments should do to achieve best practice in encouraging the reporting of, and responding to reports or information about, allegations, incidents or risks of child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts;

(c) what should be done to eliminate or reduce impediments that currently exist for responding appropriately to child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts, including addressing failures in, and impediments to, reporting.

Read the executive summary.


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.

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Case study reports

Read the findings that have been made following public hearings.