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The WA Government Response to Recommendations

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The Western Australian Government is committed to:

  • addressing historical abuse that occurred;
  • preventing abuse from happening in the future; and
  • identifying and responding swiftly to abuse should it happen again.

Of the 409 recommendations made by the Royal Commission, 310 are applicable to the Western Australian Government. The Western Australian Government has accepted or accepted in principle 305 of the 310 recommendations. Some of these recommendations have already been addressed, and for others, work has commenced. Highlights from this work are included in case studies throughout the response document.

December 2018 – 2018 Progress Report

On 19 December 2018, the Western Australian Government published its first annual report on its progress implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations

2018 Progress Report [PDF - 677 KB]

Media Release

June 2018 – Response to Recommendations

On 27 June 2018, the Western Australian Government announced its response to the Royal Commission’s 409 recommendations in:

June 2018 - Premier of Western Australia’s apology to survivors of child sexual abuse

On 27 June 2018, the Premier of Western Australia delivered a formal apology in the Western Australian Parliament to all Western Australian survivors of child sexual abuse.

December 2017 - The Western Australian Government’s Statement of Intent

On 15 December 2017, the Western Australian Government released its “Statement of Intent by Minister McGurk on behalf of the Government of Western Australia” (Statement of Intent). This indicated the Western Australian Government’s strong commitment to thoroughly considering the Royal Commission’s recommendations. A clear commitment was made to address historical abuse; prevent abuse from happening; and identify and respond swiftly to abuse should it occur again.

The Statement of Intent can be accessed by following this link.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.