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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

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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 here:

What is the WA Government doing?

The Western Australian Government is committed to a safer Western Australia for children by responding to historical abuse that has occurred, preventing abuse from happening in the future and ensuring a swift response to abuse should it occur again.

The Royal Commission has delivered 409 recommendations, of which 310 are for the Western Australian Government to action.

2018 Progress Report

On 19 December 2018, the Western Australian Government published its first annual report on its progress implementing the 310 Royal Commission recommendations that are applicable to the State Government.

2018 Progress Report [PDF - 677 KB]

Media Release

Independent oversight of child-related services in Western Australia

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made 11 recommendations relating to independent oversight of organisations engaged in child-related work.

Please click here for information on the work being progressed by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in providing Government advice on how to implement these recommendations relating to independent oversight.

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Where can I get help or support?

If you or anyone you know requires help or support, please click on this link to access a list of available support services.

Contact Us

If you wish to make contact with regard to the Western Australian Government’s response to the Royal Commission’s Final Report please do so via the below contact:

Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
West Perth
Western Australia 6005


If you would like a response please include your preferred contact details.

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.