Public Hearing Commencing 18 November 2013

Public Hearing Commencing 18 November 2013

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 18 November 2013. The public hearing will look into the response of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton to claims of child sexual abuse at the North Coast Children’s Home in Lismore.

The public hearing will examine issues including:

  • The policies and procedures of the Diocese of Grafton for the handling of child sexual abuse claims
  • The response of the Dioceses of Grafton and Newcastle to allegations of child sexual abuse by Allan Kitchingman

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said individuals and organisations, who believe that they have an interest in the Scope and Purpose of the public hearing, are invited to lodge an application for leave to appear.

“Applications for leave to appear can be made via the Royal Commission website and should outline why the applicant has a substantial and direct interest in appearing,” Ms Dines said.

The form and the submission should be lodged by 28 October 2013 with the Royal Commission via:

For more information on lodging your submission call 8282 3824 or email

The public can attend the hearing, or watch it live on the Royal Commission’s website. For more information, visit or phone 1800 099 340.

Media enquiries: (02) 8282 3966 or

More information about Case Study 3, November 2013 is available here.