The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 30 June 2016 and recommenced for a further day of hearing in Sydney on Friday 26 August 2016.

The purpose of the hearing was to receive the evidence of one witness, Carroll James, former Wing Commander, Air Training Corps (now the Australian Air Force Cadets), who was involved in the response of the Tasmanian Squadron of the Air Training Corps to allegations that Cadet Sergeant Eleanore Tibble and Leading Aircraftman Matthew Harper had had a prohibited relationship.


The hearing was held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

1. The experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse of the following institutions operated by the Australian Defence Force (ADF):

a. HMAS Leeuwin in the period 1960 to 1980
b. The Army Apprentice School Balcombe in the period 1970 to 1980, and
c. ADF Cadets in the period 2000 to present.
2. The systems, policies, practices and procedures of the ADF and the ADF Cadets to prevent child sexual abuse, and raising and responding to concerns and complaints about child sexual abuse, in the above listed institutions.             
3. Any related matters.



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