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

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that children in institutional care are safe and protected from abuse.

This website is the central resource for survivors and victims of institutional child sexual abuse, their families and supporters, governments, institutions and members of the public. It provides access to key information about what the Australian Government is doing to respond to the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). It provides information about the progress being made nationally, including by states and territories and some non-government institutions. This website also provides access to helpful information, such as support services.

Annual Progress Reporting

The Australian Government has committed to ensuring it carefully, comprehensively and appropriately responds to the substantial work of the Royal Commission.

The government will report annually on implementation each December until 2022, and conduct a 10-year review in 2027, as recommended by the Royal Commission.

Annual Progress Report 2022 publication cover
About the Royal Commision x2

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) was formally established on 11 January 2013, and the Final Report was released on 15 December 2017. It was Australia’s longest-running public inquiry.

Australian Government Response x2

The Australian Government has listened to the Royal Commission, as well as to victims and survivors, and their families and supporters. The government tabled its response to the Royal Commission on 13 June 2018.


There are many services, organisations and groups throughout Australia that are available to provide support and advice in dealing with the strong feelings and questions that the work of the Royal Commission or the responses to it may bring up.

National apology

On 22 October 2018, the former Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, delivered the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.