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Role of states and territories

Cooperation between Australian governments

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made recommendations to the Australian Government and to state and territory governments that benefit from national consistency and cooperation.

The Australian Government is working with states and territories to implement the National Redress Scheme, National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020, National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, and improved national consistency for Working with Children Checks.

The Child Abuse Royal Commission Interjurisdictional Working Group was established in March 2018.

Governments agreed to prioritise recommendations across four themes from the final report:

  • supporting child safe institutions through the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, which incorporate the child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission
  • improving information sharing, record keeping and data collection
  • addressing the complex issue of children with harmful sexual behaviours
  • committing to annually and publicly reporting on progress.

The Australian Government has also established a working group comprising state and territory representatives with policy and operational responsibility for Working with Children Checks to consider recommendations in the Working with Children Checks report. The working group is progressing nationally consistent standards for Working with Children Checks schemes across all jurisdictions.

Australian governments will continue working together through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council; Community Services Ministers; and Council of Australian Archives and Records Authorities Working Group. The aim is to achieve ongoing, effective change on recommendations relating to information sharing and online safety.

State and territory responses

All states and territories committed to publically responding to the Royal Commission's final report in June 2018 and can be found below:

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia