Royal Commission to hold public hearing in Melbourne

Royal Commission to hold public hearing in Melbourne

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on Monday 18 August 2014.

The hearing will be held at the County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street, Melbourne 3000.

Scope and purpose

  1. The principles, practices and procedures of the Melbourne Response adopted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and their application in responding to:
    a. Victims of child sexual abuse; and
    b. Allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
  2. The experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
  3. Any other related matters.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 4 August 2014.

Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available on the Royal Commission website entitled 'Application for Leave to Appear at the Royal Commission'; and include a short submission setting out the basis on which it is said the applicant has a substantial and direct interest in appearing.

The form and the submission should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:

For more information on lodging your submission email

The public hearing will be streamed live to the public via webcast on the Royal Commission’s website at

Interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to view the proceedings via the webcast.