The Royal Commission held formal public hearings to hear evidence about child sexual abuse within institutions. These case studies focused on how institutions have responded to allegations and proven instances of child sexual abuse. 

The first public hearing started on Monday, 16 September 2013 and the last began on Monday, 27 March 2017. In this time the Royal Commission held 57 public hearings and heard from 1,200 witnesses across all capital cities for over 400 days.

Visit the findings page to find out more about recommendations and findings that have been made following public hearings. Visit individual case study pages to view witness lists, transcripts, exhibits, images and associated submissions.

It’s important to remember that the Royal Commission is not a court of law and cannot make decisions about criminal matters. Rather, the Commissioners will deliver recommendations based on what they discovered during a public hearing.

Case studies