Explaining the Letters Patent and Terms of Reference

This document explains the Letters Patent and Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The ‘Letters Patent’ is the legal document from the Governor-General that gives instructions to the Commissioners about the scope of the inquiry and what the Commissioners should investigate and make recommendations on. The Letters Patent also formally appoint the Commissioners.

The full Letters Patent document is available at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

This explanation document should not be taken to in any way replace the Letters Patent document, or to have any legal standing.

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