The Royal Commission released its Final Report on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on 15 December 2017.
On 20 June 2018, the Tasmanian response to the RCIRCSA report was tabled in Parliament. Since then, the Department of Education (DoE) has been working to put in place the recommendations.
We are deeply sorry for the past abuse in our schools, and we sincerely apologise to the victims and survivors. We are fully committed to making our schools safe.
DoE has accepted all 23 education-related recommendations. We have implemented all but seven of them, and will continue working to address them all.
We take the safety of children and young people extremely seriously. Further detail on DoE’s implementation of the RCIRCSA recommendations can be viewed in the Progress Report on the RCIRCSA Recommendations Implementation.
The Royal Commission recommendations have provided the Tasmanian Government and DoE with a nationally consistent and evidence-based approach to improving our practices. All children and young people have the right to an education, to be heard and to be kept safe from harm. This is our highest priority.
In recognition of this, we have established the Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People, led by Ms Liz Jack as Executive Director. The work of this Office is to lead the development of a whole-of-department child safeguarding strategy and policy framework. We are committed to being an exemplary child safe organisation.
For more information about the Royal Commission and the National Redress Scheme, including details of contact and support, please visit the Department of Justice website.
Independent Inquiry into the Tasmanian Department of Education’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
On 27 August 2020, the Tasmanian Government announced an Independent Inquiry into DoE’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It represents the commitment to keep all children and young people safe in our schools, libraries and Child and Family Learning Centres.
We are deeply sorry to the victims and survivors of the abuse that happened in our schools and are fully committed to making our schools safe.
Further detail on DoE’s response to the Inquiry is here
Tasmanian Government Commission of Inquiry
On 15 March 2021, the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings was established by the Governor of Tasmania. Further detail on the Commission of Inquiry, including its Terms of Reference, is on the Commission of Inquiry website.
Where to seek support
If the information on this website causes you any distress or raises any questions or concerns for you, more options for advice and support are listed below:
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au
Mental health and wellbeing organisation supporting those affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.
Employee Assistance Program – Department of Education employees may access the Employee Assistance Program, Newport & Wildman, by phone on 1800 650 204 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
1800 Respect – Call 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au 24/7 telephone and online crisis support, information and immediate referral to specialist counselling for anyone in Australia who has experienced or been impacted by sexual assault, or domestic or family violence
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention.
Sexual Assault Support Service Inc – 03 6231 1811/03 6231 0044 Community based service committed to providing high quality support and information services to survivors of sexual assault.