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16 December 2016 - Members Revealed for National Redress Scheme

A broad group of specialists from across Australia have been appointed to advise the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, creating “a unique opportunity to show survivors that they have been listened to and heard”. Click here to read more.

15 August 2016 - Justice McClellan addresses Association of Children's Welfare Agencies National Conference 

On 26 September 1924 in Geneva an event of great significance occurred. The League of Nations adopted the first international human rights document concerned specifically with the rights of children: The Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child of 1924. Through that document humanity declared formally, and for the first time, that it ‘owes to children the best that it has to give’. Click here to read the full speech.

25 May 2016 - The world's largest study into jury behaviour has raised the possibility of major reform in the way sexual abuse cases are presented before the courts. Click here to read more.

29 April 2016 - Registration for private sessions of Royal Commission close on September 30th, 2016. Written applications still accepted. Click here to read more. 

12 April 2016 - The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has just completed its 5,000th private session. Click here to read more.

February 2016 - All adult victims/survivors of institutional and/or extra-familial child sexual abuse and their parents/carers are invited to participate in an important survey about their views and experiences of support services. This survey is a critical part of research that is being conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies to investigate how victims/survivors of child sexual abuse and their families access and navigate pathways to support services. This research has been commissioned and funded by Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. For more information and for the link to the survey, please see

28 November 2015 - Speech by Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of Royal Commission at ISSTD conference
The Great War was to become known as the “war to end all wars”. That prophecy was wrong. The world continues to stumble from one violent tragedy to another. Click here to read the full speech

5 November 2015 - Speech by Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of Royal Commission at ANZASTA 7th biennial conference
The Royal Commission first sat in public in April 2013. On that occasion I emphasised that Australians of recent generations have lived through a period of rapid change across many aspects of society. Click here to read the full speech

5 November 2015 - NSW, Victoria support national compensation scheme for child abuse survivors
The two largest states will contribute compensation to child sexual abuse victims to cover any shortfall from major institutions responsible for abuse if a national redress scheme is established. Click here to read full article

30 September 2015 - Questions remain over future of national abuse redress scheme
With a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting expected just weeks away, survivors of child abuse are ramping up their campaigns for a national compensation scheme. It hangs on support from the Federal Government, and so far there is confusion about whether the scheme will get the tick of approval. Click here to read full article

15 September 2015 - Child Sexual Abuse Victims Should Receive $4 Billion – Royal Commission
Charities, governments and churches will be expected to pay $4 billion to the victims of child sexual abuse under recommendations made by a Royal Commission. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its report on redress and civil litigation this week. Click here to read the full article

19 August 2015 - Organisations come together to call for Government action to implement Royal Commission’s recommendations
The leading national organisation for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), has banded together with three other key organisations to call on Governments for justice and support for survivors. Click here to read the full press release

15 July 2015 - Address by Justice McClellan to the Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church
I speak to you today as the Royal Commission enters the second half of its five year term. As you are probably aware the Commission was originally tasked to finish at the end of this year. However, the many and complex issues that we are required to examine led the Commissioners to ask the government for a further two years to complete our work. The Commission will now conclude at the end of 2017. Click here to read the full address

26 March 2015 - Commonwealth faces tough questions at abuse inquiry
The Federal Government is facing more questions at the child abuse royal commission as to why it does not support a national redress scheme. At the latest public hearing, peak bodies representing survivors, psychologists and social workers also called for more victim support. Click here to listen to the audio of the hearing

30 January 2015 - Just redress scheme for abuse victims may exceed Royal Commission's $4.3b cost estimate
Providing just redress to victims of child sexual abuse could cost more than the $4.3 billion estimated by the Royal Commission, victims advocates say.
But they say the figure pales in comparison to the cost of abuse in the community in terms of homelessness, mental health treatment and drug and alcohol abuse.  
The release by the commission of a major discussion paper on redress on Friday brought a sharp intake of breath from some after it was revealed that such a scheme could cost $4.37 billion over 10 years. Click here to read the full article

30 January 2015 - Make a submission
The Royal Commission has today released a consultation paper on redress and civil litigation. This consultation paper follows a wide range of public and private consultations the Royal Commission has conducted on these issues. You are invited to have your say on the consultation paper via written submission or by commenting on our online form. Submissions and comments are due by midday Monday 2 March 2015. For further information click here


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