Public hearing into Centres for the performing arts

Public hearing into Centres for the performing arts

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 2:00pm AEDT.

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

  1. The experiences of children who received dance instruction at RG Dance Pty Ltd (RG Dance), in Chiswick, New South Wales.

  2. The response of RG Dance and its members of staff to concerns raised or complaints made about the behaviour of Mr Grant Davies, dance instructor.

  3. The experiences of former students of Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in Surry Hills, New South Wales between 2002 and 2011.

  4. The response of AIM to allegations of child sexual abuse of students made against Professor Victor Makarov, a pianist.

  5. The policies, practices and procedures of RG Dance and AIM in relation to raising and responding to concerns and complaints about child sexual abuse.

  6. Any 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 Friday 19 February 2016.
 
Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available on the Royal Commission website.
 
Leave to appear will generally be granted when an applicant:
   a. has been summoned to give evidence
   b. is an institution, or is a representative of an institution, that is subject to the inquiry to be undertaken
   c. may be the subject of an adverse allegation.
 
It is not essential for a person who will appear as a witness in a hearing to apply for leave to appear – witnesses may appear and give evidence without applying for leave.
 
The form should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:
Email: solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au; or Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001.