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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 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 WA 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.

WA Government Response to Recommendations (June 2018)

On Wednesday, 27 June 2018, the State Government announced its response to the Royal Commission’s 409 recommendations. Of the 409 recommendations made by the Royal Commission, 310 are applicable to the State Government. The State Government has accepted or accepted in principle over 90 per cent of the 310 recommendations. Click here to go to the WA Government Response.

The WA Government’s Statement of Intent (December 2017)

The State Government released its “Statement of Intent by Minister McGurk on behalf of the Government of Western Australia” (Statement of Intent) on 15 December 2017, 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 this link.

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


The findings of the Royal Commission are extensive and require careful and thorough consideration as to how implementation of recommended reforms will occur. In the second half of 2018, the State Government will develop a staged implementation plan, which will identify reform priorities, timeframes and resourcing options.

This State Government planning is led by the Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub Committee, with input from all relevant stakeholders, including non-government organisations and community groups.

The implementation of Royal Commission recommendations will occur within a tight fiscal environment. The focus will be on ensuring the optimal allocation and use of existing resources. While the tight fiscal environment will constrain the State Government’s ability to allocate new funding, consideration may be given to specific funding requirements as part of future budget processes. The State Government is determined to use resources efficiently and effectively and to prioritise work that will achieve the greatest benefits for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, and for children, present and future, within our State.

The State Government is working in partnership with other states and territories, and the Commonwealth Government to progress those recommendations identified as being national priorities.


There has already been progress with implementing some Royal Commission recommendations. A report on progress will be tabled in Parliament at the end of 2018. This will fulfil part of recommendation 17.2, that all governments should table a report on the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations 12 months following the tabling of the Royal Commission Final Report, and deliver four consecutive annual reports thereafter.

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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 a general comment about the WA Government’s response to the Royal Commission’s Final Report please forward information to:

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.