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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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2022

2021

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:
    • Phone: 1800 737 732
  • For short-term support if you are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe, contact Lifeline:
    • Phone: 13 11 14
  • For free professional phone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide living in Australia, contact Suicide Call Back Service:
    • Phone: 1300 659 467
  • For information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia, contact Beyond Blue:
    • Phone: 1300 224 636
  • For information and support for anyone who is affected by complex trauma, contact
    Blue Knot Foundation:
    • Phone: 1300 657 380
  • For counselling and support for Australian men, contact MensLine Australia:
    • Phone: 1300 789 978
  • For advice for men about family violence, contact Men's Referral Service:
    • Phone: 1300 766 491
    For free 24/7, confidential and private counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years, contact Kids Helpline:
    • Phone: 1800 55 1800

Tasmania:

Updated: 15th December 2022