Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings

Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings

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The Commission

On 15 March 2021, the Governor of Tasmania ordered that a Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings be established.

Order under the Commission of Inquiry Act 1995 (PDF, 478.7 KB)

The Commissioners

The Honourable Marcia Neave AO, Professor Leah Bromfield, and the Honourable Robert Benjamin AM have been appointed as members of the Commission. Commissioner Neave has been appointed President of the Commission.

The Commission’s focus

The Commission will focus on investigating the Tasmanian Government’s responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts and include:

  • responses by the Department of Education to allegations of child sexual abuse in Tasmanian government schools
  • responses by the Tasmanian Health Service and the Department of Health to allegations of child sexual abuse
  • responses by the Department of Communities to allegations of child sexual abuse at Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

The Commission will hear from people who have been directly and indirectly affected by child sexual abuse.  It will explore systemic issues and what the Tasmanian Government can do to:

  • better protect children
  • improve the reporting of and responses to child sexual abuse
  • ensure justice for victims.

The work of the Commission will complement the findings and recommendations of the Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (external link).

A final report with recommendations is due no later than 31 August 2022.

Research program

Details of the Commission’s research program (including information about the Commission’s consultations, submissions and hearings processes) will be provided in due course.

Contact

Please call 1800 950 110 if you have any questions.

Updated: 1st April 2021