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 for the inquiry. The Royal Commission delivered its final report on 15 December 2017.

The Royal Commission inquired 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 has investigated 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 the Commonwealth Redress Scheme (the Scheme) for survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse. The Government has also established an Independent Advisory Council bringing together a broad group of specialists, including survivor groups, legal and psychological experts, to provide advice on the design and implementation of the Scheme.

Support services

The Australian Government has committed over $70 million until 30 June 2018 to fund 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 is available on the Royal Commission Support Services page.

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

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