Our response


The ACT Government Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The ACT Government’s formal response is available as a PDF download from the links below:


Response Snapshot [PDF 172 KB]

Response Part 1 [PDF 94 KB]

Response Part 2 [PDF 1.4 MB]

Guiding principles

The ACT Government has approached each of the Royal Commission’s recommendations with certain guiding principles in mind. These principles prioritise keeping children and young people safe and protected from harm, and advocating the importance of the rights of children and young people.

Understanding the response

The ACT Government has addressed each of the Royal Commission’s recommendations with one of four responses. Find out what we mean by accept, accept in principle, for further consideration and noted.

The Final Report

This report was delivered by the Royal Commission in December 2017, containing 189 recommendations. The ACT has sorted the recommendations from this report into four themes: making institutions child safe, an oversight system that responds to child safety, services for children and young people and tailored support through specialist services.

Working with Children Checks

This report was delivered by the Royal Commission in 2015, containing 36 recommendations. The ACT is already making changes to our Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Scheme, which will help prepare the Territory for national harmonisation of Working With Children Check schemes, as recommended by the Royal Commission.

Redress and Civil Litigation

This report was delivered by the Royal Commission in 2015, containing 99 recommendations. The ACT was one of the first jurisdictions to opt in to the National Redress Scheme for abuse survivors, which is active as of 1 July 2018. The ACT has also been prioritising reforms to civil litigation in the order recommended by the Royal Commission.

Criminal Justice

This report was delivered by the Royal Commission in 2017, containing 85 recommendations. A number of the measures recommended by the Royal Commission’s Criminal Justice Report have been in place in the ACT for some time, while others are being progressively implemented through legislation, and through policies and practices within various justice agencies.

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 on 13 11 14 and the National Redress Information Line on 1800 737 377.