High quality records and recordkeeping practices can be critical in the context of child sexual abuse. Difficulties with access to institutional records has been a recurring theme for survivors of child sexual abuse. The Royal Commission is interested in how recordkeeping practices can promote transparency and accountability in decision-making; help identify persons who may pose a risk to children; and document allegations and incidents of abuse and how they have been responded to.

Consultation paper

The Royal Commission released a consultation paper Records and recordkeeping practices on 2 September 2016. 

The consultation paper proposes high-level principles to guide institutions in practising good recordkeeping and creating accurate records about child sexual abuse. These principles are intended to promote child safety, institutional accountability and just outcomes for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. We seek submissions on these proposed principles. We also seek submissions on whether a records advocacy service is needed to advise and support survivors seeking access to institutional records.


The Royal Commission has published a range of submissions from government agencies, non-government organisations and individuals received in response to the consultation paper.

Read the submissions.