Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse16 Jul 2013 - 12:00
On 11 January 2013, the Prime Minister, announced the appointment of a six-member Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the release of the Terms of Reference that will guide the inquiry.
The Royal Commission will inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse and related matters. It will investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions.
The Commissioners can look at any private, public or non-government organisation that is, or was in the past, involved with children, including government agencies, schools, sporting clubs, orphanages, foster care, and religious organisations. This includes where they consider an organisation caring for a child is responsible for the abuse or for not responding appropriately, regardless of where or when the abuse took place.
More information is available from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse website, including terms of reference, how to provide information to the Royal Commission and support services available to the victims of child sexual abuse.
The Australian Government sought applications from eligible organisations to apply for funding to deliver services such as counselling, support and case management to individuals and affected family members before, during and after their engagement with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
On 14 July 2013 28 organisations were announced to provide community-based support services to people who participate in the Royal Commission.
These organisations will deliver free services such as counselling, support and case management to individuals and their family members before, during and after their interaction with the Royal Commission. The services will complement existing supports provided by the Royal Commission and the Attorney-General’s Department.
If you have any questions about the Royal Commission community-based support services, please contact the Department of Social Services for assistance at email@example.com.
Assistance for witnesses
The Attorney-General's Department is administering assistance for witnesses. A witness is anyone called, or given leave to appear, to give evidence at a hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. There are two forms of assistance available:
- payment of witness expenses
- a legal financial assistance scheme
Information on the assistance for witnesses including guidelines and application forms are available from the Attorney-General’s Department website.
The Attorney-General’s Department Financial Assistance Section can be contacted on (02) 6141 4770 or by emailing RCfinass@ag.gov.au.
The following links / documents provide further information about the Royal Commission and how it will work and how organisations were able to apply for Royal Commission support services funding:
- Explaining the Letters Patent and Terms of Reference
- Support services
- Royal Commissions
- An Easy Read Guide to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Frequently asked questions
- Application Form for Funding – Royal Commission Community-based Support Services
- Part A: FSP Program Guidelines
- Part B: Information for Applicants
- Part C: Royal Commission Community-based Support Services
- Media Release 14 July 2013: More support services for survivors of child sexual abuse
- Media Release 13 April 2013: More support for survivors of child sexual abuse
- Media release 13 February 2013: Royal Commission into Royal institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse
- Media release 11 January 2013: Government formally establishes Royal Commission
- Media release 29 November 2012: 720 Public Consultation Contributions Received
- Media release 19 November 2012: Release of Consultation Paper on the Royal Commission into Child Abuse