How the WA Government is implementing the recommendations from the Royal Commission to Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse

Western Australian Government response to recommendations made by the Royal Commission.

What we are doing

The Western Australian Government is committed to creating a Safer WA for Children by:

  • Healing Past Hurts

  • Protecting Children Now

  • Preventing Further Harm

The Royal Commission made 409 recommendations, of which 310 are for the Western Australian Government to action.

WA annual report on progress

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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse 2020 Progress report.

On 2 February 2021, the Western Australian Government released its third annual report on progress implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

The Western Australian Government published the first and second annual progress reports in December 2018 and December 2019 respectively

WA response to recommendations

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The Western Australian Government responds to Royal Commission and signs up to National Redress Scheme.

On 27 June 2018, the Western Australian Government announced its response to the Royal Commission’s 409 recommendations.

Apology to survivors of child sexual abuse

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The Premier of Western Australia’s apology to survivors of child sexual abuse.

On 27 June 2018, the Premier of Western Australia delivered a formal apology in the Western Australian Parliament to all Western Australian survivors of child sexual abuse .

    Statement of Intent

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    The Western Australian Government Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Statement of Intent.

    On 15 December 2017, the Western Australian Government released its “Statement of Intent by Minister McGurk on behalf of the Government of Western Australia”. This indicated the Western Australian Government’s strong commitment to thoroughly considering the Royal Commission’s recommendations. A clear commitment was made to address historical abuse; prevent abuse from happening; and identify and respond swiftly to abuse should it occur again.

    National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

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    The Western Australian Government, in partnership with the Australian Government and all states and territories, is contributing to the establishment of a National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (National Centre).

    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended the establishment of a National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (National Centre) which will focus on addressing child sexual abuse by reducing the associated stigma, promoting help-seeking and supporting good practice.

    The National Centre is a partnership between the Australian Government and all state and territory governments and will ensure WA has critical input into national leadership on these issues.

    Page reviewed 4 March 2021