Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



15 December 2017

Elise Archer, Minister for Justice

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Tasmanian Government welcomes the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This has been a nationally significant body of work and the Government commends everyone involved for the significant work they have undertaken over the life of the Royal Commission.

The Government has closely monitored the work of the Royal Commission and has already taken action across a number of areas covered by the Commission’s reports.

This includes legislative changes to abolish limitation periods for civil claims arising from childhood sexual and physical abuse, reforms to Tasmania’s criminal laws and improvements to the Out of Home Care system through both the Strategic Plan For Out Of Home Care In Tasmania 2017-2019 and as part of the Strong Families, Safe Kids project.

The Australian Government has also announced the establishment of a taskforce within the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, supported by the states and territories, to coordinate a response to the report.  We look forward to working closely with this taskforce.

The Hodgman Liberal Government remains committed to better protecting our vulnerable children, and the report released today by the Royal Commission will help shape future reforms to achieve this.



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