National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended the Australian Government, along with state and territory governments, establish a National Centre to address child sexual abuse by reducing stigma, promoting help-seeking and supporting good practice.
The Australian Government has committed $22.5 million over five years to establish a National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (National Centre). The Australian Government is working closely with all states and territories to contribute matched funding to meet the Royal Commission’s recommendation, and to support delivery of a five-year work plan that will address the scope of the recommendation. The National Centre will intersect with the National Strategy to Respond to and Prevent Child Sexual Abuse to deliver outcomes that will reduce further traumatisation of those living with past child sexual abuse, and work to prevent future harm.
National Centre Selection Process
The selection process to establish and deliver the National Centre has now been completed and a successful supplier has been announced. Further information is available in Minister Ruston’s media release.
The public interest certificate for the National Centre is issued under section 22(1) of the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (the Act).
All complaints made under the Act in relation to this procurement process must be made in writing to the delegate.
The department undertook a national consultation process to inform the scope, functions, and governance arrangements of the National Centre. The first stage involved nineteen face-to-face consultation workshops with government and non-government stakeholders between October and December 2019.
External consultants facilitated the workshops, which were attended by victim and survivor advocacy groups, people who work with victims and survivors, academics, peak bodies, national and local organisations who provide services, and policy and decision makers including state and territory governments.
From 17 February to 12 April 2020, interested stakeholders were invited to share their views on the scope and function of the National Centre through the department’s online public consultation platform, DSS Engage. This consultation has now closed. The Stakeholder Consultation Report on key findings from the National Centre consultations is available.
The department extends its appreciation to those who shared their input, experiences and ideas through stakeholder workshops and the online survey. Following establishment of the National Centre, engagement with victims and survivors and other stakeholders will continue, and remain a key priority of the National Centre.
- National Centre to provide leadership in supporting victims and survivors of child sexual abuse
- $22.5m for Centre for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
For more information about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, visit the Royal Commission website.
For more information about the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse, visit the National Redress website.
For any other enquires please email NationalCentre@dss.gov.au
The department will provide future National Centre updates on this webpage.
If you or someone you know is impacted by child sexual abuse, some options for 24/7 support are listed below.
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- MensLine 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- 1800 Respect 1800 737 732