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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2012 - )

  • CLAN postcard Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

    CLAN postcard "Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse", 2012, courtesy of Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN).

Commonwealth Government


On 12 November 2012, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the creation of a national Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances of child sexual abuse. The terms of reference will be wide-ranging, looking at "religious organisations, state care providers, not-for-profit bodies as well as the responses of child service agencies and the police".

Calls for a Royal Commission into the abuse suffered by people who were in institutional 'care' date back to 2004, and Recommendation 11 of the Senate's "Forgotten Australians" report. In 2009, the Senate noted that churches and charitable agencies had not given full cooperation to investigate the issue of child sexual and physical abuse in out-of-home 'care'. Throughout 2012, the Care Leavers of Australia Network (CLAN) campaigned for a Royal Commission, holding "silent protests" and printing postcards aimed at state and federal politicians.

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CLAN postcard
CLAN postcard "Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse"
Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN)


Sources used to compile this entry: 'How church betrayed my brother', The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 November 2012,; 'Media release "Establishment of Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse"', in Prime Minister of Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, 12 November 2012,;query=Id:%22media/pressrel/2042399%22; 'Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse', in Find & Connect web resource, Find & Connect web resource project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 14 November 2012,; ''Time for a Royal Commission' Annual Report 2011-2012', in Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) website, Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN), 2012,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill