Have your say - consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
The Commission continues to meet with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the State. Further consultations will be held between 24 May and 3 June 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 and share their views and be heard on what could be done better to protect children from sexual abuse in government institutions. It is important that First Nations perspectives are heard and reflected in the Commission's findings and recommendations.
Further information can be found on the consultations page of this website.
Hearings adjourned until 14 June
The first two weeks of the Commission's hearings have concluded. Copies of the hearings transcripts and witness statements can be found on the hearings page.
A third week of hearings will be held in Hobart from Tuesday 14 June to Friday 17 June 2022. A full hearings schedule is available.
About 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.
The Commission is equivalent to a royal commission and is independent of the Tasmanian Government.
Under its terms of reference (PDF, 190.0 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 1 May 2023.
Read more about the scope and focus of the inquiry.
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.
The Commission will respect the wishes of any person who wishes to provide information privately. In providing information to the Commission, participants also have rights and protections under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1995 (Tas), including that:
- your employer cannot prejudice or dismiss you
- others cannot try to prevent you from providing information to the Commission, and
- others cannot punish you or cause you damage, loss or disadvantage because you provide information to the Commission.
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.