The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established in 2013, in response to allegations of sexual abuse of children in institutional contexts that had been emerging in Australia for many years. The Royal Commission issued a total of four reports that included a total of 409 recommendations.
Mandatory reporting laws
New laws that came into effect on 1 September 2019 have made a number of changes to laws about reporting child abuse.
One of the Royal Commission's recommendations called on governments to each publish a formal response. This response from the ACT Government sets out how we commit to implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations, to enhance a culture of safety for children in our community.
Read the ACT Government’s reports on the progress we have made in implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Fundamental to the ACT Government’s response is a commitment to developing change with those who will be affected, to ensure our implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations is tailor-made for the ACT. Over the coming months and years, the ACT Government will need to consult regularly with children and families, community organisations, expert stakeholders and industry bodies. Find out how you can have your say.
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The work of the Royal Commission and the ACT Government’s response may bring up strong feelings and questions. Be assured you are not alone, and that there are many services and support groups available to assist. Some options for advice and support include 1800 Respect, Lifeline and the National Redress Information Line.