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Australian Government Reports

Introduction

On 14 December 2018, the Australian Government tabled its first Annual Progress Report: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Annual Progress Report). It outlines the Australian Government’s progress in implementing recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission). The Royal Commission delivered its Final Report on 15 December 2017, making a total of 409 recommendations to better protect children from sexual abuse in Australian institutions. The Australian Government has committed to reporting annually on the progress of implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations. This first Annual Progress Report shows the progress that the Australian Government has made to implement recommendations directed towards it, in whole or in part, and highlights some of the ongoing work that will continue in 2019 and beyond. Given the number of recommendations made by the Royal Commission, the recommendations have been grouped into five themes, outlined below. For a full list of what is covered by each theme, please see the index of the report.

 

Making institutions child safe

Theme 1:

Making institutions child safe

Theme 1 of the Annual Report provides updates on measures taken by the Australian Government to implement recommendations to improve safety within institutions.  

Causes, support and treatment

Theme 2:

Causes, support and treatment

Theme 2 looks at the progress made by the Australian Government to address the Royal Commission's recommendations regarding the complex issues of why and how child abuse happens. 

Responses to abuse (Redress and Civil litigation Report)

Theme 3:

Responses to abuse (Redress and Civil litigation Report)

The Royal Commision's Redress and Civil Litigation Report (Redress Report) was released in September 2015. It made recommendations for all Australian governments to remove legal barriers. 

Criminal justice and the protection of children

Theme 4:

Criminal justice and the protection of children

Theme 4 covers actions taken by the Australian Government to address recommendations made by the Royal Commission to better protect children from child sexual abuse by reforming criminal justice. 

Accountability and annual reporting

Theme 5:

Accountability and annual reporting

Theme 5 covers measures taken by the Australian Government to implement recommendations made by the Royal Commission, to ensure accountability and transparency of actions and the legacy.  

Annual Progress Report 2018