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 Department of Social Services (the department) is leading the establishment of the National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (National Centre).
The Australian Government committed $22.5 million in funding over five years towards the establishment of the National Centre, which will provide a national strategic focus to coordinate research and build service capability to both prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. States and territories continue to be engaged in consultation relating to their ongoing support and funding for the National Centre.
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 department extends its appreciation to those who shared their input, experiences and ideas through stakeholder workshops and the online survey.
The information and insights provided through the consultations are being collated and will be used to inform the next steps for the National Centre.
A competitive process to select a successful organisation or consortium to lead the National Centre’s work is currently scheduled to commence later in 2020. Information will be provided on this webpage when it becomes available.
The department will provide National Centre updates on this webpage.
Due to probity requirements, it is critical that all information provided by the department during the consultation period is transparent, and consistent information is provided to all stakeholders. The department therefore may be unable to provide responses to individual enquiries.
To maintain the integrity of the consultation process, the department has developed responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the National Centre, including questions sent to the National Centre mailbox and those raised at National Centre consultation workshops.
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.
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