The Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government's Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings was established on 15 March 2021 by Order (PDF, 478.7 KB) of the Governor of Tasmania.

Under its terms of reference (PDF, 191.1 KB), the Commission’s inquiry will focus on the adequacy and appropriateness of the Tasmanian Government’s current responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

The Commission will submit its report and recommendations to the Governor of Tasmania by 31 August 2022.

Read more about the scope and focus of the inquiry.

Written submissions period extended

The Commission will now accept written submissions until Friday, 3 September 2021.

Written submissions are invited from victim-survivors and supporters of children who have been affected by current issues in the Tasmanian Government’s responses to child sexual abuse in institutional settings. The Commission also wants to hear from other individuals, groups and organisations whose insights, experiences and ideas will inform the Commission’s understanding of the current challenges or gaps in the Tasmanian Government’s responses to child sexual abuse and will help to identify opportunities for change.

The Commission has engaged Tasmania Legal Aid to assist people with preparing their submissions. If you require assistance to make a submission, please contact the Commission.

Find out more about how to make a submission.

Share your experience and ideas with the Commission

Victim-survivors, their supporters and other people who wish to provide information directly to a Commissioner can register to attend a session with a Commissioner.

Sessions will allow people to speak directly with a Commissioner about their experience and any views they may have about what needs to change to prevent child sexual abuse and improve responses to, and reporting of, abuse in institutional settings.

As well as sessions, the Commission will be holding stakeholder consultations across Tasmania in August and September 2021. Consultations will provide an opportunity for people from a variety of organisations, disciplines and backgrounds to share information about current Tasmanian Government responses to child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

The Commission encourages people who are involved in, or aware of, government responses through their work to register to attend a consultation.

Acknowledgment of country

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional and original owners, and continuing custodians of this land and acknowledge Elders, past and present.

© 2021 Commission of Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse