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Research identifies four dimensions of risk of child sexual abuse in institutional settings

The Royal Commission has released a new research report that identifies four dimensions of risk of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

Date: June 19 2017

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Report into disability service providers released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study 41 - Institutional responses to allegations of the sexual abuse of children with disability, was released today.

Date: June 14 2017

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Research identifies promising approaches for children with harmful or problem sexual behaviours

The Royal Commission has released a new research report that finds children with problem or harmful sexual behaviours should have access to effective therapeutic services.

Date: May 30 2017

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Vale Anthony Foster

Chair of the Royal Commission Justice Peter McClellan said the Commissioners and staff of the Royal Commission are deeply saddened by the death of Anthony Foster. We extend our condolences to Chrissie Foster and her family.

Date: May 27 2017

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Justice McClellan addresses National Council of Churches

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission addressed the National Council of Churches Conference in Melbourne on Tuesday 16 May, 2017.

Date: May 16 2017

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Symposium on creating child safe institutions to be held

Researchers from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and the Australian Catholic University will next month present findings from three research projects on child safe institutions.

Date: April 27 2017

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Justice McClellan addresses the Modern Prosecutor Conference

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM addressed the Modern Prosecutor Conference in Melbourne on Thursday 13 April, 2017.

Date: April 13 2017

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Australian oversight bodies inconsistent in protecting children from sexual abuse in institutions

A new research report finds Australian oversight bodies have inconsistent scope and powers in protecting children from sexual abuse in institutions.

Date: April 10 2017

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Submissions for public hearing into Anglican Diocese of Newcastle published

The written submissions for the public hearing into the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle have been published.

Date: April 6 2017

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Justice McClellan addresses Australian Lawyers Alliance Conference

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM addressed the Australian Lawyers Alliance 2017 NSW State Conference in Sydney on Friday 17 March, 2017.

Date: March 17 2017

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Research finds lack of coordination in child sexual abuse prevention

A new research report finds there are limited programs and services to help prevent child sexual abuse and those that do exist are not well coordinated.

Date: March 15 2017

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Research compares the recruitment and support of carers in out-of-home care across Australia

The Royal Commission has released a new research report examining carer recruitment, training and support policies and processes in place across Australia that aim to enhance the safety of children in out-of-home care and prevent sexual abuse.

Date: March 14 2017

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Public hearing into nature, cause and impact of child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing Monday 27 March 2017 in Sydney.

Date: February 28 2017

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Research paper examining grooming released

A new research paper, Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts has been released.

Date: February 28 2017

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Public hearing into Commonwealth, State and Territory governments

On 14 November 2016 the Royal Commission announced a series of public hearings to be held in Sydney to inquire into the current policies and procedures relating to child protection and child safety of various institutions.

Date: February 21 2017

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Submissions on records and recordkeeping published

More than 40 submissions on records and recordkeeping practices in relation to child sexual abuse in institutions have been published.

Date: February 20 2017

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Report into RG Dance and the Australian Institute of Music released

The Report of Case Study No. 37 - The responses of the Australian Institute of Music and RG Dance to allegations of child sexual abuse, was released today.

Date: February 16 2017

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Report into Brisbane Grammar and St Paul's School released

The Report into Case Study No. 34 - The response of Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School to allegations of child sexual abuse, was released today.

Date: February 15 2017

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Report into Geelong Grammar School released

The Report into Case Study No. 32 – The response of Geelong Grammar School to allegations of child sexual abuse of former students at the school, was released today.

Date: February 14 2017

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Report into Church of England Boys’ Society and the Anglican Dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney released

The Report of Case Study No. 36 - The response of the Church of England Boys’ Society and the Anglican Dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney to allegations of child sexual abuse, was released today.

Date: February 13 2017

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Thank you for your support in 2016

The Royal Commission would like to thank the community for its continuing support and important contribution to our work in 2016.

Date: December 21 2016

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Research finds that children in residential care feel unsafe

The Royal Commission has released a new research report exploring children and young people’s views about their safety in residential care.

Date: December 19 2016

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Submissions for public hearing into disability service providers published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the public hearing into disability service providers.

Date: December 16 2016

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Submissions for public hearing into Australian Defence Force published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the public hearing into the Australian Defence Force.

Date: December 9 2016

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Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Maitland-Newcastle to resume in Sydney

The Royal Commission will continue its public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Maitland-Newcastle (Case Study 43) on Friday 9 December 2016 for one day in Sydney.

Date: December 2 2016

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Submissions for public hearing into Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the public hearing into Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School in Queensland.

Date: December 1 2016

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Research report identifies aspects of organisational culture that may encourage child sexual abuse

A new research report has been released investigating the role of organisational culture in institutional child sexual abuse. The research also identifies factors that can lead to successful organisational change and prevent child sexual abuse in institutions.

Date: December 1 2016

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Report into sporting clubs released

The Royal Commission’s Report into Case Study No. 39 - The response of certain football (soccer) and tennis and cricket organisations to allegations of child sexual abuse, was released today.

Date: November 30 2016

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Report into Yeshiva Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne released

The Royal Commission’s Report into Case Study 22 – The response of Yeshiva Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse made against people associated with those institutions, was released today.

Date: November 29 2016

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Submissions for public hearing into Church of England Boys’ Society published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the public hearing into the Church of England Boys’ Society and the Anglican Dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.

Date: November 29 2016

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Report into Jehovah’s Witness organisations released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study No. 29 - The response of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse, was released today.

Date: November 28 2016

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Model bill to amend evidence laws released for consultation

Model legislation has been released to amend evidence laws. The model Bill aims to allow for greater admissibility of tendency and coincidence evidence and facilitate more joint trials.

Date: November 25 2016

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Submissions to criminal justice consultation paper published

The Royal Commission has published more than 70 submissions received from a range of individuals and organisations in response to its consultation paper on criminal justice issues.

Date: November 24 2016

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Public hearing into criminal justice issues and consultation paper

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on Monday, 28 November 2016.

Date: November 17 2016

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Final hearings into various institutions

The Royal Commission will hold a series of public hearings to inquire into the current policies and procedures of the following institutions in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Date: November 14 2016

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Public hearing into Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to resume in Sydney

The Royal Commission will continue its public hearing into the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle (Case Study 42) in Sydney on 16 November 2016.

Date: November 10 2016

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Submissions for public hearing into Geelong Grammar published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the public hearing into the experiences of former students of Geelong Grammar School, Victoria.

Date: November 9 2016

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Research report on disability and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts released

The Royal Commission has released a research report which suggests that up to 14 per cent of children with disability are likely to experience sexual abuse.

Date: November 7 2016

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Call for submissions about various religious institutions

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing in February 2017 into the current policies and procedures of a number of religious institutions in relation to child protection and child-safe standards.

Date: November 3 2016

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Submissions for public hearings into Ballarat and Melbourne Catholic Church authorities published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Date: October 31 2016

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Listen and give us a say: children speak about their safety

Researchers from Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Southern Cross University (SCU) will present findings from three research projects involving 1,400 children and young people, including those with a disability.

Date: October 26 2016

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Discussion paper on trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse released

The Royal Commission has released a discussion paper examining the growing interest in trauma-informed care and the implementation of trauma-informed approaches to support survivors of trauma, including survivors of child sexual abuse.

Date: October 25 2016

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Public hearing into the response to children with problematic or harmful sexual behaviours in schools

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response to children with problematic or harmful sexual behaviours in schools.

Date: October 7 2016

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New report notes risks for victims, perpetrators and institutions

The Royal Commission has released a literature review examining international evidence of risk and protective factors for child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

Date: October 5 2016

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New research on perpetrators of child sexual abuse released

A new research report examines available evidence regarding the characteristics, motivations and offending behaviour of child sexual abuse perpetrators in both institutional and non-institutional contexts.

Date: September 29 2016

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Reminder to register for private sessions by 30 September

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are reminded that they must register with the Royal Commission by Friday 30 September 2016 if they wish to have a private session.

Date: September 26 2016

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New research identifies need for a national study into prevalence of child maltreatment

Research conducted for the Royal Commission has considered the feasibility and need for a comprehensive study into the prevalence of child maltreatment in Australia.

Date: September 22 2016

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Report into Victorian state run youth training and reception centres released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study No. 30 – The response of Turana, Winlaton and Baltara, Victoria Police and the Department of Health and Human Services to allegations of child sexual abuse, was released today.

Date: September 14 2016

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Report into Satyananda Yoga Ashram released

The Royal Commission’s Report into Case Study No. 21 – the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain to allegations of child sexual abuse by the ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s, was released today.

Date: September 14 2016

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Report into Knox Grammar School and the Uniting Church released

The Royal Commission’s report into Case Study 23 – the response of Knox Grammar School and the Uniting Church of Australia to allegations of child sexual abuse at Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, was released today.

Date: September 13 2016

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Report into Salvation Army’s Southern Territory released

The Royal Commission’s Report into Case Study No. 33 - The response of The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) to allegations of child sexual abuse at children’s homes that it operated, was released today.

Date: September 12 2016

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Submissions published on best practice when responding to complaints of institutional child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission has published 35 submissions received from a range of organisations and individuals in response to its consultation paper: Best practice principles in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

Date: September 8 2016

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Public hearing into the response of the Catholic Church authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse by John Joseph Farrell

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response of Catholic Church authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse by John Joseph Farrell. 

Date: September 8 2016

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Research reveals new insights on children’s views of safety

A survey of over 1,000 children and young people reveals that over 40 percent would feel uncomfortable talking to an adult at school if they were in a situation where an adult or other young person made them feel uncomfortable.

Date: September 7 2016

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Call for submissions about various institutions

The Royal Commission will be holding public hearings in December 2016 into the current policies and procedures of each institution named in relation to child protection and child-safe standards.

Date: September 6 2016

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Criminal justice consultation paper released

The Royal Commission has released a consultation paper on criminal justice issues in child sexual abuse cases.

Date: September 5 2016

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Consultation paper on records and recordkeeping released

The Royal Commission has released a consultation paper that addresses records and record keeping practices in relation to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

Date: September 2 2016

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Research on the support needs of specific population groups released

A new report identifies the support needs of specific population groups including survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, survivors of child sexual abuse with disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of child sexual abuse.

Date: September 1 2016

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Criminal justice research reports released

The Royal Commission has released two research reports it commissioned on criminal justice issues that make significant findings about how child sexual abuse cases are handled in the criminal justice system.

Date: August 29 2016

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Research on long-term effects of disclosure released

A new research report conducted for the Royal Commission has examined the long-term effects of disclosures of institutional child sexual abuse on survivors and their families.

Date: August 25 2016

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Audio stories give a voice to survivor stories

The Royal Commission has published nine audio stories based on survivors’ experiences as revealed in private sessions.

Date: August 24 2016

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Justice McClellan addresses Judicial College of Victoria

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM is making an address today to the Judicial College of Victoria.

Date: August 19 2016

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Royal Commission identifies what makes institutions child safe

The Royal Commission has released a research report examining what elements make an institution ‘child safe’ using the opinions of a panel of Australian and international experts.

Date: August 18 2016

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Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Maitland-Newcastle to commence on Wednesday 31 August 2016

The Royal Commission’s public hearing to inquire into the response of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious will now commence on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Date: August 17 2016

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Justice McClellan addresses Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies National Conference

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM addressed the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies National Conference in Sydney on Monday 15 August, 2016.

Date: August 15 2016

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Statement on immigration detention centres

The Royal Commission does not ordinarily comment upon operational matters. However, because of the level of public discussion in relation to immigration detention centres the Commission indicates the following.

Date: August 15 2016

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Submissions published on factors affecting the institutional response to child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

The Royal Commission has published 44 submissions received in response to Issues Paper 11.

Date: August 12 2016

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Further hearing date in Australian Defence Force public hearing

The Royal Commission’s public hearing into the Australian Defence Force will recommence for a further day of hearing in Sydney on Friday 26 August 2016.

Date: August 5 2016

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Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Maitland-Newcastle

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious. The public hearing will commence on 29 August 2016 in Newcastle.

Date: July 27 2016

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Submissions published on institutional responses to child sexual abuse in out-of-home care

The Royal Commission has published 55 submissions received from service providers, peak bodies, advocacy groups, statutory bodies, government agencies and academics in response to its consultation paper on out-of-home care.

Date: July 18 2016

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Advertising campaign launched to close registrations for private sessions

The Royal Commission has launched a nationwide advertising campaign to announce registrations for private sessions will close on 30 September 2016.

Date: July 8 2016

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Public hearing into Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Newcastle, commencing Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 10.00am AEST.

Date: July 5 2016

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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.

Date: June 15 2016

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Public roundtable to examine response from police and other agencies

The Royal Commission will host a public roundtable on 15 June to discuss responses to child sexual abuse when there is a multi-disciplinary approach from police and other agencies.

Date: June 9 2016

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Community forum held in Bathurst

The Royal Commission, together with Relationships Australia NSW, will hold a community forum in Bathurst on 14 June 2016.

Date: June 6 2016

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World’s largest study of jury behaviour released

The Royal Commission will today launch the report of a major empirical study into how juries reason when deliberating on multiple counts of child sexual abuse.

Date: May 25 2016

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Research on information sharing released

The Royal Commission has released two research reports, with the first examining information-sharing frameworks and the second examining best practice in implementation.

Date: May 20 2016

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Public hearing into the Australian Defence Force

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday, 21 June 2016 commencing at 10:00am AEST.

Date: May 16 2016

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Indigenous survivors reminded registrations to close for private sessions

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are reminded that they must register with the Royal Commission by 30 September 2016 if they wish to have a private session.

Date: May 10 2016

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Royal Commission seeks submissions regarding Catholic Church

The Royal Commission has invited submissions from individuals and organisations about any factors which may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, or affected the institutional response to child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

Date: May 5 2016

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Submissions published on advocacy and support and therapeutic treatment services

The Royal Commission has published submissions from individual victims and survivors, service providers, statutory bodies, government agencies and peak bodies to its issues paper on advocacy and support and therapeutic treatment services.

Date: May 4 2016

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Registrations for private sessions closed

The Royal Commission is closing registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016.

Date: April 29 2016

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Report into St Joseph’s Orphanage released

The Royal Commission’s Report into Case Study 26 - the response of the Sisters of Mercy, the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton and the Queensland Government to allegations of child sexual abuse, was released today.

Date: April 21 2016

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Further hearing dates in Case Study 35

The Royal Commission will hold a further day of hearings in relation to Case Study 35 (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne) in Sydney on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 11:15am.

Date: April 21 2016

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Findings into health care providers and regulators released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study No. 27 – The response of health care service providers and regulators in New South Wales and Victoria to allegations of child sexual abuse, was released today.

Date: April 20 2016

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Criminal justice public roundtables hosted

The Royal Commission is holding a series of public roundtables in April to discuss a range of criminal justice issues with invited participants.

Date: April 14 2016

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Royal Commission holds its 5,000th private session

The Royal Commission has just completed its 5,000th private session.

Date: April 12 2016

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Directions hearing called in Case Study 28 and Case Study 35

The Royal Commission has called a directions hearing in relation to Case Study 28 (Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat) and Case Study 35 (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne) to be held in Sydney on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

Date: April 6 2016

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Case Study 23 Knox Grammar School application ruling

The Royal Commission will deliver a ruling on an application by a party for non-publication orders in relation to the Royal Commission’s Case Study 23: Knox Grammar School public hearing.

Date: March 22 2016

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Consultation paper on responding to complaints of child sexual abuse released

The Royal Commission has released a consultation paper on best practices in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutions.

Date: March 21 2016

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Public hearing into sporting clubs and institutions

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on Monday 4 April 2016 at 10.00am AEST.

Date: March 16 2016

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Consultation paper on out-of-home care released

The Royal Commission has released a consultation paper on out-of-home care today.

Date: March 8 2016

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Criminal justice research to inform upcoming public hearing

The Royal Commission has released three papers on the criminal justice system ahead of a national two week public hearing commencing on 15 March.

Date: March 4 2016

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Cardinal Pell to give evidence from Hotel Quirinale in Rome

The Royal Commission will hear evidence from Cardinal George Pell from 29 February 2016 as part of its public hearings into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Date: February 23 2016

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Child sexual abuse in the Australian Defence Force Cadets

The Royal Commission would like anyone who has information regarding child sexual abuse within the Australian Defence Force Cadets to contact the Royal Commission.

Date: February 22 2016

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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.

Date: February 16 2016

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Public hearing into criminal justice issues

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 10.00am AEDT.

Date: February 15 2016

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Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing Monday 22 February 2016 at the Ballarat Magistrates Court.

Date: February 11 2016

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Directions hearing decision

The Royal Commission will deliver its decision on Monday in relation to an application made by Cardinal George Pell to give evidence in Case Study 28 (Ballarat) and Case Study 35 (Archdiocese of Melbourne) by video link from Rome.

Date: February 5 2016

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Research report on how young people with disability view their safety released

The Royal Commission has published a research report it commissioned that explores how children and young people with disability view their safety and safety needs within institutions.

Date: February 3 2016

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Directions hearing called

The Royal Commission has called a directions hearing to be held in Sydney on Friday 5 February 2016.

Date: January 29 2016

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Submissions published for Victorian state run youth training and reception centres public hearin

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the public hearing into Victorian state run youth training and reception centres.

Date: December 23 2015

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Directions hearing called

The Royal Commission has called a directions hearing to be held in Sydney on Friday 5 February 2016 at 10am immediately following the directions hearing in relation to Cardinal Pell.

Date: December 23 2015

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Contacting the Royal Commission this holiday season

The Royal Commission thanks the community for its support and contribution to our work this year.

Date: December 22 2015

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Directions hearing called

The Royal Commission has called a directions hearing to be held in Sydney on Friday 5 February 2016.

Date: December 16 2015

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Report into the Hutchins School released

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study No. 20 – The response of The Hutchins School and the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania to allegations of child sexual abuse at the school, was released today.

Date: December 16 2015

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Report into Bethcar Children's Home case study released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study 19 - The response by the State of New South Wales to child sexual abuse at Bethcar Children’s Home in Brewarrina New South Wales, was released today.

Date: December 15 2015

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Report into swimming institutions case study released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study 15 - The response of swimming institutions, the Queensland and NSW Offices of the DPP and the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian to allegations of child sexual abuse by swimming coaches, was released today.

Date: December 14 2015

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Cardinal George Pell will not appear next week in Melbourne

Cardinal Pell will not be giving evidence in Melbourne next week.

Date: December 11 2015

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Report into Marist Brothers case study released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study No. 13 – The response of the Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse against Brothers Kostka Chute and Gregory Sutton, was released today.

Date: December 11 2015

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Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat

The Royal Commission will hold the second part of the public hearing regarding Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat at the County Court of Victoria, Melbourne, commencing on Monday, 7 December 2015.

Date: December 3 2015

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Public hearing into Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Date: December 1 2015

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Submissions for Jehovah’s Witnesses public hearing published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the Jehovah’s Witnesses public hearing.

Date: December 1 2015

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Public hearing into Church of England Boys' Society to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing Wednesday 27 January 2016 at the Federal Court in Hobart.

Date: November 30 2015

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Continuation of Brisbane Grammar and St Paul's School public hearing

The Royal Commission’s public hearing into Brisbane Grammar and St Paul’s School (Case Study 34) will recommence in Melbourne on Monday 30 November 2015 at 4:30pm AEDT.

Date: November 30 2015

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Justice McClellan addresses Australian and New Zealand Regional Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM addressed the Australian and New Zealand Regional Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in Sydney on 28 November.

Date: November 28 2015

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Public hearing into Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School to recommence

The Royal Commission’s public hearing into Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School will recommence in Melbourne on Monday 30 November.

Date: November 23 2015

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Findings released into Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study 18 – the response of Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches to allegations of child sexual abuse – was released today.

Date: November 23 2015

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Call for information about child sexual abuse at The King’s School and Tudor House Preparatory School

The Royal Commission would like anyone who has information regarding child sexual abuse at The King’s School in North Parramatta, NSW and Tudor House Preparatory School in Moss Vale, NSW to contact the Royal Commission.

Date: November 19 2015

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Submissions published on risk of child sexual abuse in schools

The Royal Commission has published 33 submissions from schools, government and non-government organisations in response to its issues paper on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in schools.

Date: November 16 2015

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Submissions published for police and prosecution responses issues paper

The Royal Commission has published 24 submissions from organisations and those with professional experience in response to its issues paper on police and prosecution responses to institutional child sexual abuse.

Date: October 21 2015

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Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat

The Royal Commission will hold the second part of the public hearing regarding Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat at the County Court of Victoria, Melbourne.

Date: October 20 2015

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Public hearing into Geelong Grammar School to recommence

The Royal Commission’s public hearing into Geelong Grammar School will recommence in Sydney on Thursday 22 October and Friday 23 October 2015.

Date: October 14 2015

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Research report on understanding failure to identify and report child sexual abuse released

When it comes to understanding why some institutions fail to identify and report child sexual abuse, research released by the Royal Commission suggests that a new approach that seeks a deeper understanding of why errors occur would be more effective in encouraging safe practices in the future.

Date: October 7 2015

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Issues paper released into advocacy and support, and therapeutic treatment services

The Royal Commission is calling for submissions from interested parties on issues relating to advocacy and support and therapeutic treatment services.

Date: October 1 2015

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Public hearing into Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Brisbane commencing on Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Date: September 25 2015

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Submissions for Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi public hearing published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions into the Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi public hearing.

Date: September 18 2015

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Call for information about child sexual abuse in sporting clubs

The Royal Commission would like to hear from anyone who has information regarding child sexual abuse in sporting clubs or associations.

Date: September 15 2015

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Report on redress and civil litigation released today

The Royal Commission’s report on redress and civil litigation was released today.

Date: September 14 2015

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Report into the Melbourne Response released

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study 16 – the Melbourne Response, was released today.

Date: September 14 2015

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Directions hearing vacated

The Royal Commission directions hearing in relation to Case Study 33 listed in Sydney at 10:00am AEST on Monday 14 September 2015 has been vacated and will no longer proceed.

Date: September 11 2015

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Justice McClellan to address National Council of Churches in Australia Conference

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM will address the Safe as Churches? conference hosted by the National Council of Churches in Australia in Sydney today.

Date: September 10 2015

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Public hearing into Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and continuation of Ballarat hearing

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Date: September 3 2015

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Oral submissions into Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi

The Royal Commission will hear oral submissions in relation to the public hearing for Case Study 22 on Thursday 17 September 2015.

Date: September 3 2015

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Public hearing into Geelong Grammar

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on 1 September 2015 at the County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street, Melbourne.

Date: August 28 2015

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Submissions for Health Care Providers and Regulators public hearing published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions provided to the Royal Commission in relation to the public hearing for Case Study 27: Health Care Providers and Regulators.

Date: August 27 2015

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Submissions for St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol public hearing published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions provided to the Royal Commission in relation to the public hearing for Case Study 26: St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol.

Date: August 26 2015

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Public hearing into The Salvation Army (Southern Territory)

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Adelaide commencing on 6 October 2015 at the Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building, 3 Angas Street, Adelaide.

Date: August 25 2015

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Findings into the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study No. 17 - The response of the Australian Indigenous Ministries, the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the Northern Territory police force and prosecuting authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse which occurred at the Retta Dixon Home, was released today.

Date: August 19 2015

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Report on Working with Children Checks released today

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse final report on Working with Children Checks...

Date: August 17 2015

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Public hearing into Victorian state run youth training and reception centres

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 17 August 2015.

Date: August 13 2015

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Submissions for Knox Grammar School public hearing published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions into the Knox Grammar School public hearing.

Date: August 12 2015

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Public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses to recommence

The Royal Commission’s public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses will recommence in Sydney on Friday 14 August 2015 at 11:00am.

Date: August 10 2015

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Oral Submissions to be held for Case Study 23 Knox Grammar School

The Royal Commission will hear oral submissions in relation to Case Study 23 into Knox Grammar School on Monday 10 August 2015.

Date: August 6 2015

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Report into an independent school in Perth

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study No. 12 - The response of an independent school in Perth to concerns raised about the conduct of a teacher between 1999 and 2009, was released today.

Date: August 4 2015

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Public hearing to hear evidence from Retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney on Monday 24 August 2015.

Date: August 4 2015

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Report of Case Study 10 released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study No.10 – The Salvation Army’s handling of claims of child sexual abuse 1989 to 2014, was released today.

Date: August 3 2015

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New research on children’s views of safety

The research, “Taking Us Seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns” was conducted by the Australian Catholic University in partnership with Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology.

Date: August 3 2015

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Issues paper on the risk of child sexual abuse in schools

The Royal Commission today released an issues paper on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in primary and secondary schools.

Date: July 31 2015

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Second stage of public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat

The second stage of Case Study 28 will be held from 23 November 2015 in Melbourne.*

Date: July 30 2015

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Public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on 27 July 2015 at 10:00am.

Date: July 22 2015

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Public hearing into Victorian state run youth training and reception centres

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 17 August 2015.

Date: July 22 2015

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Research report into sentencing for child sexual abuse in institutional contexts released

The Royal Commission has released a report that examines sentencing law and practice in Australia as it relates to institutional child sexual abuse.

Date: July 17 2015

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Justice McClellan to address Uniting Church Australia’s 14th Assembly

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM will make an address at the Uniting Church in Australia’s 14th Assembly meeting in Perth on Wednesday 15 July.

Date: July 15 2015

Justice Jennifer Coate speaking at Royal Commission public hearing

Submissions for Satyananda Yoga Ashram public hearing published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram public hearing.

Date: July 9 2015

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan speaking at Royal Commission public hearing

Directions hearing called

The Royal Commission has called a directions hearing to be held in Sydney at 9:30am AEST on Friday 10 July 2015.

Date: July 9 2015

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Remaining submissions for redress consultation paper published

The Royal Commission has published further submissions in response to its consultation paper on redress and civil litigation, released by the Royal Commission 30 January 2015.

Date: June 26 2015

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald and Justice Jennifer Coate at Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into out-of-home care to resume

The Royal Commission will resume its public hearing in Sydney from Monday 29 June 2015 at 10:00am. The hearing is currently scheduled to run for one week.

Date: June 24 2015

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Child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry

The Royal Commission would like to hear from anyone who has experienced, or has information regarding, child sexual abuse in institutions in the entertainment industry.

Date: June 15 2015

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Child sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar School

The Royal Commission would like anyone who has information regarding child sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar School to contact the Royal Commission.

Date: June 9 2015

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Community forum in Warrnambool to be held

Warrnambool residents are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum on Wednesday 17 June.

Date: June 9 2015

Justice Jennifer Coate and Commissioner Helen Milroy at Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into out-of-home care to resume

The Royal Commission will resume its public hearing in Sydney from Monday 29 June 2015.

Date: June 5 2015

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Report of Case Study 9 released

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study No. 9 – the responses of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide and the South Australian Police to allegations of child sexual abuse at St Ann’s Special School, was released today.

Date: June 4 2015

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Submissions due for issues paper on police and prosecution responses

The Royal Commission is seeking submissions on its issues paper relating to the criminal justice system.

Date: June 2 2015

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Implementation report released

The Royal Commission has released a report that assesses the extent to which recommendations from previous, relevant inquiries have been implemented.

Date: June 1 2015

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Further submissions for redress consultation paper published

The Royal Commission has published further submissions in response to its consultation paper on redress and civil litigation, released by the Royal Commission 30 January 2015.

Date: May 26 2015

Ballarat Townhall

Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat to be held

The Royal Commission will hold public hearings in Ballarat. The first public hearing commences on Tuesday 19 May 2015 and the second will commence on a date to be announced.

Date: May 15 2015

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Community forums in Bunbury to be held

Bunbury residents are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at two community information forums on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 May.

Date: May 11 2015

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Private sessions in Cairns to be held

The Royal Commission will hold nine private sessions in Cairns on 12 and 13 May 2015.

Date: May 8 2015

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Royal Commission calls for submissions on experiences of police and prosecution responses

The Royal Commission is seeking community views on its latest issues paper looking at the criminal justice system including police responses and prosecution processes to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

Date: May 4 2015

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Public hearing into health care providers and regulators to be held

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney commencing 6 May 2015 at 10:00am.

Date: April 28 2015

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Oral Submissions to be held for Case Study 21 Satyananda Yoga Ashram

The Royal Commission will hear oral submissions in relation to Case Study 21 into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram on Wednesday 29 April 2015.

Date: April 23 2015

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Public hearing into Knox Grammar School to re-commence

The Royal Commission public hearing into Knox Grammar School will re-commence on Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 9:00am.

Date: April 10 2015

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing on Tuesday 14 April 2015 at the Rockhampton Court House, Virgil Power Building, 46 East Street, Rockhampton.

Date: April 9 2015

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Report on effectiveness of current child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers released

The Royal Commission has released a report that reviews evidence of the effectiveness of child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers.

Date: April 9 2015

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Community forum in Launceston to be held

Launceston residents are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum in Launceston on Wednesday 15 April.

Date: April 1 2015

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Submissions for redress consultation paper published

The Royal Commission has published the submissions of all governments, as well as non-government organisations and individuals expected to attend the public hearing on redress and civil litigation commencing this Wednesday 25 March 2015.

Date: March 23 2015

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Findings on The Salvation Army case study released

The Royal Commission's Report into Case Study No. 5 - The response of The Salvation Army to child sexual abuse at its boys homes in New South Wales and Queensland, was released today.

Date: March 17 2015

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Private sessions in Townsville to be held

The Royal Commission will hold private sessions in Townsville for the first time from 17 to 20 March 2015.

Date: March 13 2015

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Public hearing into out-of-home care to be held

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 10 March 2015 starting at 10:00am. The hearing is currently scheduled to run for two weeks.

Date: March 9 2015

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Hearing into Redress and civil litigation to be held

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney commencing Wednesday 25 March 2015 at 10:00am.

Date: March 9 2015

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Public hearing into St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing on Tuesday 14 April 2015 at the Rockhampton Court House, Virgil Power Building, 46 East Street, Rockhampton.

Date: February 27 2015

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Research report on effectiveness of pre-employment screening

The Royal Commission has released a report that examines issues related to the effectiveness of pre-employment screening in preventing child sexual abuse within institutions.

Date: February 26 2015

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Public hearing into Knox Grammar School to commence Monday

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney scheduled for two weeks from 23 February 2015 at 10:00am.

Date: February 19 2015

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Report on effectiveness of OOHC practices in preventing child sexual abuse released

The Royal Commission has released a report examining issues related to the effectiveness of practices in out-of-home care in preventing child sexual abuse within institutions.

Date: February 16 2015

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Findings on the Toowoomba case study released

The Royal Commission's Report into Case Study No. 6 - The response of a primary school and the Toowoomba Catholic Education Office to the conduct of Gerard Byrnes, was released today.

Date: February 12 2015

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Findings on Towards Healing released

The Royal Commission has published two reports; Report of Case Study 4 - The experiences of four survivors with the Towards Healing process and Report of Case Study 8 - Mr John Ellis’s experience of the Towards Healing process and civil litigation.

Date: February 11 2015

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Community forum in Lismore to be held

Northern Rivers residents are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum in Lismore on Thursday 19 February 2015.

Date: February 11 2015

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Private sessions in Newcastle to be held

The Royal Commission will hold private sessions in Newcastle from 24 – 27 February 2015.

Date: February 11 2015

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Public hearing into out-of-home care to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 10 March 2015.

Date: February 6 2015

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Consultation paper on redress and civil litigation released

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM has launched a consultation paper on redress and civil litigation in Sydney today.

Date: January 30 2015

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Public hearing into Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on Monday 2 February 2015.

Date: January 30 2015

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into Knox Grammar School to be held

The public hearing will inquire into the response of Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, New South Wales and the Uniting Church in Australia between 1970 and 2012.

Date: January 22 2015

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Royal Commission to visit Rockhampton and Woorabinda

Residents of Rockhampton and Woorabinda can learn first-hand about the work of the Royal Commission at two community information forums on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 January.

Date: January 19 2015

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Submissions for Bethcar Children’s Home and Australian Christian Churches published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions for the Bethcar Children’s Home and the Australian Christian Churches public hearings

Date: December 19 2014

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Submissions for Case Study 17 on the Retta Dixon Home public hearing

The Royal Commission will hear oral submissions in relation to the Retta Dixon Home public hearing on Monday 17 November 2014.

Date: November 13 2014

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Public hearing into Satyananda Yoga Ashram to be held

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney from 2 December 2014 at 10:00am.

Date: November 11 2014

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Report on Parramatta Training School for Girls and the Institution for Girls in Hay released

The Report of Case Study No. 7 - Child sexual abuse at the Parramatta Training School for Girls and the Institution for Girls in Hay, was released today.

Date: November 10 2014

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Submissions for Case Study 15 into Swimming Australia published

The Royal Commission has published written submissions for the Swimming Australia public hearing.

Date: November 7 2014

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Submissions for Case Study 12 public hearing published

The Royal Commission has published the written submissions into the Perth school public hearing.

Date: November 6 2014

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Royal Commission Chair delivers speech to mark Blue Knot Day

Blue Knot Day is a reminder that there are many Australians who are survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

Date: October 27 2014

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Findings on the North Coast Children’s Home released

The Report of Case Study No. 3 - Anglican Diocese of Grafton’s response to child sexual abuse at the North Coast Children’s Home, was released today.

Date: October 27 2014

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Research reveals a dark history of children’s institutions in Australia

The Royal Commission this week released three research reports that shed light on the history of child protection legislation in Australia, out-of-home care residential institutions and past inquiries that have reviewed these institutions.

Date: October 24 2014

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The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM addresses the 14th International Criminal Law Congress 2014

Date: October 23 2014

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Public hearing into the Hutchins School, Hobart to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing at the Hobart Federal Court from 19 November 2014 at 10:00am AEST.

Date: October 9 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Australian Christian Churches public hearing to commence next Tuesday

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Tuesday 7 October 2014 at 10:30am.

Date: October 2 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into Bethcar Children’s Home to be held

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney from 22 October 2014 at 10:00am.

Date: September 25 2014

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Royal Commission calls for Indigenous survivors to share their story

New community announcements in Yolngu Matha and Modern Tiwi are being aired on Northern Territory radio stations in Darwin and more than 40 remote locations from today.

Date: September 19 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into Australian Christian Churches to be held

The public hearing will inquire into the responses by Australian Christian Churches (a Pentecostal movement in Australia) and two affiliated churches to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Date: September 18 2014

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Public hearing into the Retta Dixon home to commence next Monday

The Royal Commission will hold its first public hearing in Darwin commencing Monday 22 September 2014 at 10:00am ACST.

Date: September 15 2014

Ballarat Townhall

Private sessions in Ballarat to be held

The Royal Commission will be holding private sessions in Ballarat from 9 - 11 September 2014.  

Date: September 3 2014

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Two research reports published

The Royal Commission has today published two research reports by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Date: September 1 2014

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Public hearing into the Retta Dixon Home to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Darwin commencing on Monday 22 September 2014 into the Retta Dixon Home.

Date: August 25 2014

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Submissions on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes published

The Royal Commission has published 42 submissions in response to its recent issues paper on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes.

Date: August 22 2014

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Private sessions in Launceston to be held

The Royal Commission will be holding private sessions in Launceston from 26 – 29 August 2014.

Date: August 19 2014

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Two research reports published

The Royal Commission has today published two research reports into aspects related to child sexual abuse.

Date: August 15 2014

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Royal Commission consults on redress and civil litigation

The Royal Commission will hold a week of private roundtables with invited experts to discuss redress and civil litigation.

Date: August 15 2014

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Public hearing in Melbourne to be held

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

Date: August 12 2014

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Royal Commission to visit Geelong

People in Geelong are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum next month.

Date: August 12 2014

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Forum for deaf and hard of hearing

The Royal Commission held a national information session in Sydney for people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

Date: August 1 2014

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Record number of submissions received on redress

The Royal Commission has published 78 submissions in response to its recent issues paper on redress schemes.

Date: August 1 2014

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Private sessions in Darwin to be held

The Royal Commission will be holding private sessions in Darwin next week.

Date: July 31 2014

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Forum for people with disability in Sydney

People with disability have been invited to attend an important information session in Sydney next month to find out more about the Royal Commission.

Date: July 30 2014

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Forum for people with disability in Melbourne

The disability community will gather in Melbourne later this month to find out more about the work of the Royal Commission.

Date: July 18 2014

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Forum for deaf and hard of hearing to be held

People who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing are invited to attend a community information session in Parramatta on Monday 4 August 2014.

Date: July 18 2014

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Short films released

The Royal Commission has released five short films showcasing the work of the Royal Commission and encouraging survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to share their story.

Date: July 8 2014

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate at Royal Commission public hearing

Community forum in Bendigo to be held

Bendigo residents are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum on Wednesday 23 July.

Date: July 2 2014

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Private sessions in Brisbane to be held

The Royal Commission will hold 12 days of private sessions in Brisbane over the next three weeks.

Date: July 2 2014

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Interim Report now available

The Royal Commission interim report, which was released by the Government today, is now available.

Date: June 30 2014

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Second case study report now available

The Royal Commission’s second case study report, Report of Case Study 2 - YMCA NSW’s response to the conduct of Jonathan Lord, was released today.

Date: June 30 2014

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Public hearing into Diocese of Wollongong to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on Tuesday 24 June 2014 into the response of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong to allegations of child sexual abuse against John Gerard Nestor.

Date: June 23 2014

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Oral submissions for Salvation Army public hearings to be held Monday 23 June 2014

The Royal Commission will hear oral submissions in relation to two public hearings into The Salvation Army on Monday 23 June at 10am.

Date: June 20 2014

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Perth independent public school hearing continues on Friday 20 June 2014

The Royal Commission’s public hearing into a Perth independent school will continue in Sydney on Friday 20 June 2014 at 11:00am.

Date: June 19 2014

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Royal Commission staff visit Central West NSW

People living in Central West New South Wales who experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution are encouraged to share their story with the Royal Commission.

Date: June 18 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into Swimming Australia announced

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on Monday 7 July 2014 into the response of Swimming Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Date: June 17 2014

Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Justice McClellan to host roundtable on Working with Children Checks

The Chair of the Royal Commission The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM, together with Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM, will host a roundtable in Canberra to discuss Working with Children Checks on Monday 16 June 2014.

Date: June 13 2014

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Justice McClellan delivers opening address at International Men’s Health Week symposium

The Chair of the Royal Commission The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM made the opening address at a symposium aimed at Improving Responses to Men Sexually Abused in Childhood in Brisbane today.

Date: June 12 2014

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Roundtable on Working with Children Checks to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a roundtable in Canberra to discuss Working with Children Checks.

Date: June 6 2014

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Royal Commission calls for submissions on victims of crime compensation schemes

The Royal Commission today released an issues paper on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes and their effectiveness for those who experience child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution.

Date: May 29 2014

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Private sessions in Hobart to be held

The Royal Commission will hold private sessions in Hobart during the week commencing 2 June 2014.

Date: May 27 2014

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Private sessions in Adelaide to be held

The Royal Commission will hold two days of private sessions in Adelaide commencing on 29 May.

Date: May 27 2014

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Private sessions in Melbourne to be held

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said private sessions are an important way for Commissioners to hear first-hand about the impact of child sexual abuse and to better understand how it might be prevented in the future.

Date: May 26 2014

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Public hearing in Canberra to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Canberra commencing Tuesday 10 June 2014.

Date: May 22 2014

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Private sessions in Brisbane to be held

From today, the Royal Commission will hold 7 days of private sessions in Brisbane over the next two weeks.

Date: May 20 2014

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Private sessions in the Kimberley to be held

The Royal Commission is encouraging people in the Kimberley who have experienced child sexual abuse in an institution to express their interest in attending a private session.

Date: May 14 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Directions hearing relating to Perth independent school public hearing called

The Royal Commission has called a directions hearing to be held in Perth at 9:00am AWST on Wednesday 7 May 2014.

Date: May 6 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into an independent school in Perth to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a second public hearing in Perth commencing Monday 19 May 2014.

Date: May 5 2014

Commissioner Robert Fitzgeral, Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Community forum to be held in Canberra

The Royal Commission, together with the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), will hold a community forum in Canberra next week.

Date: April 29 2014

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Royal Commission visits Port Augusta

The Royal Commission is visiting Port Augusta this week as part of its national community engagement program.

Date: April 28 2014

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Royal Commission calls for survivors of child sexual abuse to share their story

The Royal Commission is today launching a national public awareness campaign calling for survivors of child sexual abuse to come forward to share their story.

Date: April 27 2014

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First case study report now available

The Royal Commission's Report into Case Study No. 1: The response of institutions to the conduct of Steven Larkins, was released today.

Date: April 25 2014

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Royal Commission receives submissions on civil litigation

The Royal Commission has received more than 40 submissions on its fifth issues paper, on civil litigation.

Date: April 24 2014

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Royal Commission calls for submissions on redress schemes

The Royal Commission today released an issues paper on the effectiveness of redress schemes in relation to child sexual abuse in institutions.

Date: April 23 2014

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First case study findings presented

The Royal Commission's Report into Case Study No. 1: The response of institutions to the conduct of Steven Larkins, was released today.

Date: April 22 2014

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Roundtable on out-of-home care

The Royal Commission will hold a roundtable in Sydney tomorrow to discuss the prevention of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care.

Date: April 15 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

First public hearing to be held in Perth

A public hearing will commence in Perth on 28 April 2014 into the experiences of a number of men who were resident at Christian Brothers’ residences in Western Australia.

Date: April 6 2014

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Royal Commission returns to the Kimberley

The Royal Commission has returned to the Kimberley this week.

Date: March 31 2014

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Royal Commission visits Geraldton

The Royal Commission arrived in Geraldton this week to meet with community groups and service providers in the region.

Date: March 27 2014

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Second public hearing into The Salvation Army to commence Thursday

The second public hearing into The Salvation Army by the Royal Commission will commence in Sydney in Thursday 27 March 2014.

Date: March 27 2014

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Roundtable on out-of-home care to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a roundtable in Sydney next month to discuss the prevention of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care.

Date: March 21 2014

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate at Royal Commission public hearing

Community information forum in Ballarat to be held

The Royal Commission will be holding a community information forum in Ballarat on Wednesday 19 March 2014.

Date: March 12 2014

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Officers to visit Ballarat and Bendigo

Officers of the Royal Commission will visit Ballarat and Bendigo this week.

Date: February 26 2014

Commissioners and legals staff in Royal Commission public hearing

First public hearing to be held in Adelaide

A public hearing will commence in Adelaide on 17 March 2014 into the responses into the responses by the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide and the South Australia Police to allegations of child sexual abuse at St Ann’s Special School.

Date: February 18 2014

Counsel Assisting Ms Gail Furness speaking at Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission to inquire into the Catholic Church and Towards Healing

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 10 March 2014 into the response of the Catholic Church to...

Date: February 17 2014

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Public hearing into Parramatta Girls Home to commence Wednesday 26 February

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Wednesday 26 February 2014 into the experience of women who were sexually abused as children...

Date: February 10 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commissioners visit Coffs Harbour for the first time

The Royal Commission, together with the Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre, will be holding a community information forum in Coffs Harbour on 12 February 2014.

Date: February 6 2014

Close up of The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate at Royal Commission public hearing

Sixth public hearing to be held in Brisbane in February

The first public hearing to be held outside Sydney by the Royal Commission will commence in Brisbane on 17 February.

Date: January 17 2014

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission marks its one year anniversary

The Royal Commission has marked the first anniversary of its establishment with the release of more detailed information about its work in the past 12 months.

Date: January 10 2014

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Public Hearing into The Salvation Army announced

The Royal Commission has today announced the first public hearing for 2014.

Date: December 6 2013

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‘Roadmap’ for addressing justice for victims released

The Royal Commission today released a paper outlining its approach to examining the scope of justice for victims.

Date: December 6 2013

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission calls for victims from the Anglican diocese of Adelaide

The Royal Commission is calling on members of the public, who suffered sexual abuse as a child within the Anglican Church...

Date: November 26 2013

Counsel Assisting Ms Gail Furness SC speaking at Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing into Towards Healing starting 9 December

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 9 December 2013.

Date: November 21 2013

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission arrives in Cairns

The Royal Commission is visiting Cairns for the first time this week to hear from people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

Date: November 18 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing commencing 9 December 2013

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 9 December 2013.

Date: November 15 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing starts on 18 November 2013

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney, beginning on Monday 18 November 2013.

Date: November 14 2013

Close up of The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission returns to Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide

The Royal Commission is returning to Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.

Date: November 6 2013

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Royal Commission calls for victims from the north coast children’s home

The Royal Commission is calling on former residents of the North Coast Children’s Home in Lismore NSW, who suffered child sexual abuse, to come forward.

Date: November 4 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Submissions published on Creating Child Safe Institutions

The Royal Commission’s third issues paper on Creating Child Safe Institutions has attracted more than 50 submissions.

Date: October 30 2013

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Public Hearing Commencing 18 November 2013

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 18 November 2013.

Date: October 21 2013

Counsel Assisting Ms Gail Furness speaking at Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing starts on 21 October 2013

The Royal Commission will hold its second public hearing in Sydney, beginning on Monday 21 October 2013.

Date: October 16 2013

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission visits the Northern Territory

The Royal Commission has been in the Northern Territory this week meeting with victims of child sexual abuse.

Date: October 11 2013

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission returns to Melbourne to hear more stories from survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission will hold more face-to-face private sessions with Commissioners in Melbourne commencing 7 October.

Date: October 4 2013

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission returns to Perth to hear more stories from survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission will hold more face-to-face private sessions with Commissioners in Perth commencing 8 October.

Date: October 4 2013

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Towards Healing public submissions now available

The Royal Commission’s second issues paper on Towards Healing has attracted 15 institutional or academic submissions from around Australia.

Date: October 3 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission returns to Canberra to hear more stories from survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission will hold more face-to-face private sessions with Commissioners in Canberra commencing 2 October.

Date: October 1 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission calls for victims from the north coast children’s home

The Royal Commission is calling on former residents of the North Coast Children’s Home, who suffered child sexual abuse, to come forward and tell their story.

Date: October 1 2013

Counsel Assisting Ms Gail Furness speaking at Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission returns to Queensland to hear more stories from survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission will hold more face-to-face private sessions with Commissioners in Brisbane the week commencing 30 September.

Date: September 30 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearings announced for remainder of 2013

The Royal Commission has announced the matters to be investigated in the three remaining public hearings in 2013.

Date: September 16 2013

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Fourth issues paper released

Call for submissions – Preventing sexual abuse of children in out-of-home care.

Date: September 11 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission arrives in Hobart

The Royal Commission will be holding private sessions in Tasmania from 10 September.

Date: September 6 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

More Private Sessions to be held in Queensland

The Royal Commission is back in Queensland for private sessions the week beginning 9 September.

Date: September 5 2013

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Private sessions to be held in the Northern Territory

The Royal Commission is heading to the Northern Territory.

Date: September 5 2013

Counsel Assisting Ms Gail Furness speaking at Royal Commission public hearing

Public submissions on Working With Children Checks

The Royal Commission’s first issues paper on Working with Children Checks has attracted 55 submissions from around Australia to date.

Date: September 5 2013

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission arrives in Melbourne

The Royal Commission will be holding private sessions in Melbourne this week.

Date: August 19 2013

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission visits Kimberley communities

Aboriginal community organisations in Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra will meet with the Royal Commission next week.

Date: August 16 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Public hearing to commence 16 September 2013

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney on Monday 16 September 2013.

Date: August 14 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission arrives in Canberra

The Royal Commission will be holding private sessions in Canberra this week.

Date: August 13 2013

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Call for submissions – child safe institutions

The Royal Commission today released its third issues paper and is inviting the public to contribute ideas and expertise on the best ways to create child safe institutions.

Date: August 8 2013

Commissioners and legal staff in Royal Commission public hearing

Royal Commission arrives in Geraldton

Representatives of Aboriginal community organisations met with the Royal Commission in Geraldton today.

Date: July 29 2013