Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse releases interim report

1 July 2014





The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has handed down its interim report on Monday 30 June 2014. The commission was established in 2012 to investigate how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

The interim report contains two volumes:

  • Volume 1 outlines the work done by the royal commission so far, the issues that the commission is examining, and the work that still needs to be done.
  • Volume two is a representative sample of the 150 personal stories from people who’ve shared their experience at a private session.

he royal commission is calling for an additional two years to hand down recommendations to the Government. The two year extension will require $104 million in extra funding to complete the 70 public hearings it has identified as necessary. The commission has conducted thousands of private sessions with individuals, but it says there are around 3,000 more on a waiting list.

The royal commission says it has identified several main themes from the many personal stories it has heard. The themes include repeated abuse and multiple perpetrators, barriers to reporting the abuse and adults that have systematically failed to protect children.

The Government has received input from organisations associated with child abuse and neglect, including Act for Kids, community and legal leaders, law enforcement, governments and religious organisations.

You can download a copy of the interim report from