The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (‘the Commission’) released itsafter a five-year long inquiry. The Commission produced numerous reports, including the final report, through reference to personal accounts, public hearings, and research and policy work.
The Commission was established in 2013 in order to investigate how organisations have managed and responded to child abuse within institutions. The Commission released an Interim Report in July 2014, which has been covered by TimeBase in an earlier article. Following the interim report, the Commission released a 'Working with Children Checks Report' in August 2015 and a 'Redress and Civil Litigation Report' in September 2015, of which an overview has been previously provided by TimeBase. Finally, the Commission released a Criminal Justice Report in August 2017, which TimeBase has previously reported on.
Some of the key recommendations in the final Report are as follows:
The report had further specific recommendations for state and territory governments to implement. Some of these key recommendations are as follows:
The Australian Government has introduced a Commonwealth Redress Scheme for victims of institutional child abuse, following the publication of the report 'Redress and Civil Litigation.' The scheme is comprised of a package of two Bills, the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 (Cth) and the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017 (Cth). For further information on the redress scheme, read TimeBase’s earlier article.
In a, the Australian Government stated:
In an online statement,:
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