Public hearing into disability service providers

Public hearing into disability service providers

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 11 July 2016 at 10.00am AEST.

 

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

  1. The experiences of a woman who was sexually abused as a child at Mater Dei School located in Camden, NSW.

  2. The response of Mater Dei School and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict to those allegations of child sexual abuse.

  3. The experiences of women who were sexually abused as children while in the care of the Gold Coast Family Support Group (now FSG Australia).

  4. The response of the Gold Coast Family Support Group to those allegations of child sexual abuse.

  5. The experience of a man who was sexually abused as a child while in the care of The Disability Trust.

  6. The response of The Disability Trust and Interchange Shoalhaven to those allegations of child sexual abuse.

  7.  Current systems, policies, procedures and practices for preventing, receiving, investigating and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse within institutions providing services to children with disability.

  8. The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, in relation to preventing and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

  9. 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 Monday 27 June 2016.
 
Apply for leave to appear using our application form.

Leave to appear will generally be granted when an applicant:
a.       has been summonsed 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.