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    The Queensland Government response and annual progress reports on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

    On 15 December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) presented its final report to governments. The final report and documents published by the Royal Commission are available on the Royal Commission’s website.

    The Queensland Government response (PDF, 1.68MB) to the Royal Commission was tabled by the Premier in Parliament on Friday 15 June 2018.

    The Queensland Government has committed to producing annual reports on implementation of Royal Commission recommendations for five years following the Royal Commission presenting its final report.

    The Queensland Government’s first annual progress report (PDF, 591KB) tabled in Parliament on 19 December 2018.

    The second annual progress report (PDF, 817KB) was tabled in Parliament on 2 October 2020.

    As at December 2019, the Queensland Government has accepted or accepted in-principle 274 of the 317 recommendations directed to the Queensland Government in the Royal Commission’s final report, with work on 138 complete

    Key achievements highlighted in the 2019 second annual progress report include:

    • Queensland’s participation in the National Redress Scheme
    • activities of the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce
    • passage of the Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019, which improves the capacity of the justice system to provide fair access and outcomes to people wishing to pursue a claim for civil damages arising from abuse experienced when the person was a child
    • the introduction of the Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, which was subsequently passed by Parliament in 2020, which implements key recommendations from the Royal Commission’s Criminal Justice Report, including new offences relating to failing to report child sexual abuse
    • the release of the Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to address Sexual Violence.

    The Premier continues to acknowledge the immense work of the Royal Commission over the five years of its inquiry and the immense bravery of all who courageously shared their stories.

    The Australian Government’s response to the Royal Commission and annual reports are available on the Attorney-General’s website.

    States and territories’ responses to the Royal Commission and annual reports are also available on the Attorney-General’s website.

    Information about support services

    There are support services available to those who need assistance.

    Support services across Australia that provide assistance to people who have experienced institutional abuse can be found through the Royal Commission’s website.

    Lotus Place is a dedicated support service and resource centre for Forgotten Australians and can be contacted via phone on 3347 8500. For more information, please visit the Lotus Place website.

    CLAN is a national support and advocacy services for Forgotten Australians and can be contacted on 1800 008 774. For more information please visit the CLAN website.

    Free legal advice and information about the justice or redress pathways available to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse can be accessed through knowmore, on 1800 605 762. For more information, please visit the knowmore website.

    If immediate assistance is required, 24-hour support is available through:

    • Lifeline: 13 11 14
    • 1800 Respect: 1800 737 732
    • MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978

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    Last updated:
    2 October, 2020
    Last reviewed:
    2 October, 2020