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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

15 December 2017

The South Australian Government welcomes the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The government also acknowledges the significant body of work undertaken by the Commissioners in giving voice to victims of child sexual abuse and recognising their suffering and courage.

The full 17 volume report with its 189 recommendations will be considered in detail by the government over the coming months.

South Australia has already implemented significant reforms to improve child protection in this state. This includes an initial funding commitment of $200 million and a suite of new child safety legislation in response to the state based Child Protection Systems Royal Commission.

The South Australian Government also continues to provide its existing and ongoing ex gratia scheme for victims of child abuse while in state care, along with the compassionate approach to civil law claims made by victims of abuse in state care. 

Today the State Government has released its response to the Royal Commission’s Criminal Justice Report, which was released in August 2017.

Fifty-eight of the Royal Commission’s recommendations in the Criminal Justice Report are either already in place or underway, ongoing or more appropriately directed to non-government entities in SA. A further 26 recommendations are being further considered for their application and potential implications in this state.