Consultations provide an opportunity for people from a variety of organisations, disciplines and backgrounds to share information with the Commission about current Tasmanian Government responses to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts and identify opportunities for change.
The Commission has held a series of consultations in Burnie, Devonport, Hobart, Launceston, Queenstown and Scamander.
In an informal setting, the Commission met with teachers, social workers, police, health care professionals, specialist child sexual abuse professionals, people working with children and young people, academic experts, staff from local councils, community leaders and representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Have your say - upcoming consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
The Commission continues to meet with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the State. It is important that First Nations perspectives are heard and reflected in the Commission's findings and recommendations and we encourage all Aboriginal people to participate.
Further consultations were recently held in Ulverstone, Georgetown and Hobart. Consultations will be held in Launceston in July 2022. These consultations are being organised and facilitated by Aboriginal communities.
Consultations provide an opportunity for Aboriginal communities to come together, be heard and have their say on what could be done to better protect children from sexual abuse. The Commission is focusing on child sexual abuse in government institution, such as hospitals, public schools, youth detention centres and out-of-home care.
The Commission is aware that Aboriginal communities have suffered extensive trauma, both past and present, directly related to colonisation and later government policies and interventions. Consultations will assist the Commission to better understand:
- what the problems are
- how well the Tasmanian Government is responding to child sexual abuse
- the impacts of child sexual abuse on Aboriginal communities, and
- what can be done to better protect Aboriginal children.
If you wish to attend a consultation, we encourage you to please contact the Commission by calling 1800 950 110 or by sending a text message to 0460 006 397. Commission staff will put you in touch with an Aboriginal Engagement Officer to discuss how you would like to be involved.
If you wish to share your own personal experience with the Commission, we encourage you to contact the Commission to register for a session with a Commissioner. Sessions may be held with victim-survivors of child sexual abuse and with their family, friends and supporters. At a session, you can share your experience directly with a Commissioner in a way that makes you feel comfortable and culturally safe. Further information about how you can participate can be found on the share your experience page of this website.
What protections do participants have if they provide information?
People who participate in the Commission’s consultations will not be personally identified in the Commission’s report.
In providing information to the Commission, participants also have rights and protections under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1995 (Tas). These rights and protections, and the treatment of information provided to the Commission, are outlined in: