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The Australian Government has established a Royal Commission to inquire into institutional responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse.

On Friday 11 January 2013, Letters Patent appointing a six-member Royal Commission to investigate Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse were issued by Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

The Terms of Reference defining the scope of the Royal Commission are contained within the Letters Patent.

The Royal Commission is expected to commence its public work in early 2013.

Who are the Commissioners?

The Honourable Justice Peter David McClellan AM will be the Chair of the Commission.  The other Commissioners are:

  • Bob Atkinson APM
  • Justice Jennifer Coate
  • Robert Fitzgerald AM
  • Professor Helen Milroy
  • Andrew Murray

Read more about the Commissioners ...

What happens if an allegation is made against your organisation?

A formal investigation of the allegation/s will need to take place. This may involve

  •  interviewing staff or other involved parties;
  • providing written reports of interviews;
  • making written submissions to the Royal Commission;
  • appearing at the Royal Commission.

Need help?

Emil Ford Lawyers has significant experience over many years in:

  • investigating allegations made against individuals and charitable/educational institutions;
  • determining liability for alleged abuse by staff of such institutions many years ago;
  • writing submissions to government and to special commissions of inquiry, particularly in relation to child protection matters;
  • assisting with the drafting of church and school protocols and policies for dealing with staff conduct;
  • acting for the various parties involved in complaints to church professional standards units.

for help with Royal Commission matters or any other legal investigation enquiries Ph: +61 2 9267 9800.

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