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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) was established in January 2013, to investigate systemic failures of public and private institutions to protect children from child sexual abuse, report abuse, and respond to child sexual abuse.

The Royal Commission completed its inquiry in December 2017, releasing its Final Report that contained 409 recommendations for the Australian Government, state and territory governments, and non-government organisations. The Final Report can be accessed by following

Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

One recommendation within the Final Report requested that all governments deliver a response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission within six months of the release of the Final Report, indicating whether recommendations are accepted, accepted in principle, not accepted, or will be subject to further consideration.

Click here for the Australian Government Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

What is the State Government doing?

The State Government has strongly supported the work of the Royal Commission.

Throughout the five years of the Royal Commission’s inquiry, the State Government presented detailed evidence and submissions and participated in public hearings, case studies and roundtables.

Coinciding with the release of the Royal Commission’s Final Report on 15 December 2017, the State Government released its “Statement of Intent by Minister McGurk on behalf of the Government of Western Australia” (Statement of Intent), indicating the State Government’s strong commitment to thoroughly consider 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.

Importantly, the Statement of Intent highlighted a number of key initiatives and reforms that were already underway to help prevent and protect children from sexual abuse. These reforms are ongoing and protecting children continues to be the Western Australian Government’s highest priority.

The Statement of Intent can be accessed by following

Statement of Intent by Minister McGurk on Behalf of the Government of Western Australia (PDF 277 KB)

The State Government is currently finalising its response to the Royal Commission’s Final Report. This will include the response on the recommendations relating to the National Redress Scheme.

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