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Royal Commission Update

The Royal Commission has announced the closing date for written submissions.

"To ensure written accounts are able to be witnessed by a Commissioner and included in our official records, please send to the Royal Commission by 15 November 2017"

For further information visit their website.

Royal Commission Update

The Opening Address from the public hearing 27 March 2017 in Nature, Causes and Impact of Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings can be found here.

This is the last public hearing to be held by the Royal Commission.

Royal Commission closes registrations for private sessions

"The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is closing registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016...

...The closing date applies only to new applications for a private session. People who have already been accepted for a private session or who apply before 30 September 2016 will have an opportunity to meet with a Commissioner. The Royal Commission will still accept written accounts after 30 September 2016...

...'There can be no exceptions for any application received after that date. I know this will mean that some people will be disappointed. For that the Commissioners are sorry,' Justice McClellan said."

Open Place encourages anyone thinking about attending a private session registers before the deadline. If you change your mind later you don't have to take part.

Royal Commission report on redress and civil litigation

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s report on redress and civil litigation was released on the 14th of September.

In the report, the Royal Commission recommends that ‘in order to provide redress under the most effective structure for ensuring justice for survivors, the Australian Government should establish a single national redress scheme’.

The Redress and civil litigation report contains 99 recommendations aimed at providing justice to victims of child sexual abuse in institutions.

“We became aware early on that redress was a matter of priority to survivors of child sexual abuse,” said Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed.

“Many people have been profoundly harmed by their abuse; their injuries are sometimes severe and can last a life time. Current and past systems have not provided justice for many,” he said.

The report contains recommendations in relation to the provision of effective redress for survivors through the establishment, funding and operation of a single national redress scheme and the provision of a direct personal responses to survivors by institutions.

“It also contains recommendations for reforms to make civil litigation systems more effective in providing justice for survivors,” said Mr Reed.

Mr Reed said the report’s recommendations have been informed by wide and thorough consultation.

“This includes private sessions where Commissioners have heard directly from survivors, public hearings, issues papers, private roundtables, consultations and information obtained under summons.”

The Royal Commission received formal submissions from more than 250 organisations and individuals to its consultation paper on redress and civil litigation released in January, many of whom spoke to their submissions in a public hearing held in March.

Mr Reed said that by reporting early, the Royal Commission seeks to give survivors and institutions more certainty on these issues.

“It also enables governments and institutions to implement our recommendations to improve civil litigation for survivors as soon as possible.”

Recommendations on redress contained in the report cover key elements of redress including the provision of a direct response, counselling and psychological care, and monetary payments. They also cover how redress should be provided including structure and funding.

Recommendations on civil litigation cover limitation periods and the duty of institutions.

The full report is available here:

Click here for the report


The Royal Commission held its first hearing on the third of March, 2013 in Melbourne. The session provided information about how the Commission will conduct its inquiry.

Since then the Royal Commission has conducted nearly thirty public hearings and thousands of private sessions.


The Commission has its own phone number (1800 099 340 - Free call) which operates between the hours of 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. The phone number can be used to register interest in the Royal Commission. Callers can leave their details including name, contact details and brief details about the issue they would like the Commission to hear and/or respond to. This information is confidential to the Commission. All calls will be responded to by an Assistance and Inquiry Unit which is part of the Royal Commission.


The Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into sexual abuse were announced on the 11th of January 2013.

For further information regarding the Royal Commission please click on the link below:

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse