Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

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 is inquiring into how allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse and related matters that occurred in an institutional context have been managed and responded to. It will investigate how institutions and governments can better protect children, how they can achieve best practice in reporting and responding to incidents and how to address the impact of child sexual abuse.

More information is available from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse website.

On 4 November 2016, the Australian Government announced that it is establishing a Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse.

Support services

The Australian Government has committed over $70 million until 30 June 2018 to fund organisations to provide community-based support services for people who participate in the Royal Commission. There are currently 37 Royal Commission Community-based Support Services across Australia. A list of services can be found by clicking on the following link Royal Commission Support Services.

These organisations deliver 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 complement existing supports provided by the Royal Commission and the Attorney-General’s Department.

The funding also includes specialist services for people living with disability, Indigenous Australians and people who have suffered abuse from religious organisations or clergy.

If you have any questions about the Royal Commission Community-based Support Services, please contact DSS for assistance at rcsupportservices@dss.gov.au.

Assistance for witnesses

The Royal Commission’s website provides information for people appearing before the Royal Commission. It includes guides for witnesses and information on legal and witness costs.

Additional information on accessing legal financial assistance can be found on the Attorney-General's Department website or by calling 1800 117 995.

Independent legal advice service

The Australian Government has funded the establishment of an independent legal service called 'knowmore' to provide free legal advice, information and support with preparing statements and submissions.

More information about their services can be found on the knowmore website or by calling 1800 605 762.

Additional resources and information

The following links provide further information about the Royal Commission:

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