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Tasmanian Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Tasmanian Government acknowledges the courage of people affected by institutional child sexual abuse who shared their stories with the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission has highlighted the failings of the past and provided institutions with a body of work that will help us to protect our community’s most vulnerable from the impacts of abuse.

The Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established in response to allegations of sexual abuse of children in institutional contexts.

It ran for five years and heard from thousands of survivors of child sexual abuse in institutional settings, as well as family members, carers, supporters and more.

The Commissioners made more than 400 recommendations aimed at making institutions safer for children that are detailed in the Royal Commission’s Final Report Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Tasmanian Response

Tasmania has engaged — and continues to engage — with the recommendations of the Royal Commission in a number of ways.

Like other states and territories, Tasmania takes part in the National Redress Scheme, which provides support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The Tasmanian Government has also undertaken a number of significant law reforms as a result of the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

This includes:

How does this relate to The Commission of Inquiry?

The Tasmanian Government’s work to advance the recommendations of the Royal Commission is distinct from the Commission of Inquiry.

The Commission is independent of the Tasmanian Government.

It is equivalent to a royal commission and has the power to call witnesses at its hearings and compel the production of documents, including from the Tasmanian Government.

The Royal Commission Unit within the Department of Justice includes people supporting the Commission of Inquiry process.

You can find out more on the Commission of Inquiry website.

Progress reports

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2020

2018-2019

Seeking help?

We encourage anyone affected by, or with concerns about, child sexual abuse or other types of child abuse to access advice and support.

National:

  • For domestic, family, and sexual violence counselling and support, contact 1800RESPECT:
  • For short-term support if you are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe, contact Lifeline:
  • For free professional phone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide living in Australia, contact Suicide Call Back Service:
  • For information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia, contact Beyond Blue:
  • For information and support for anyone who is affected by complex trauma, contact Blue Knot Foundation:
  • For counselling and support for Australian men, contact MensLine Australia:
  • For advice for men about family violence, contact Men's Referral Service:

Tasmania:

  • For information about child wellbeing and safety, contact Strong Families, Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line:
  • For free and confidential support for people who have been affected by sexual violence, contact the Sexual Assault Support Service:
  • For sexual assault support in Northern Tasmania and North West Tasmania, contact Laurel House:
    • Phone for Northern Tasmania: (03) 6334 2740
    • Phone for North West Tasmania: (03) 6431 9711
  • For information and support for children, young people and adults affected by family violence, contact Family Violence Counselling and Support Service:
  • For free and confidential support for people impacted by crime, contact Victims of Crime Service:
  • For support for relationships and to live positive lives, contact Relationships Australia Tasmania:
Updated: 12th September 2022