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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

On 15 December 2017, the Royal Commission released its final report into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and made 189 recommendations for change. 

Read the Royal Commission's final report

Questions and comments can be sent to RCIRCSAresponseSA [at] sa.gov.au

South Australia's response to the Final Report

The government's response outlines what will be done to reduce the risk of sexual abuse in South Australia and our approach to better support victims and survivors. 

The government is responsible for 104 of the recommendations, the majority of which have been accepted or accepted in principle: 

  • 22 recommendations have been accepted
  • 44 recommendations have been accepted in principle
  • 37 require further analysis before making a decision
  • 1 not accepted. 

Read the government's full response for details about individual recommendations. 


Each of the 104 recommendations has been allocated to a government agency. These agencies are responsible for implementing accepted recommendations and ensuring that the intent of each recommendation is met at a local level. 

The Department for Child Protection will manage reporting and cross-government coordination. Action taken will consider child protection reforms which are already in progress

The government will also continue to work with its interstate and federal colleagues on national approaches to combat child sexual abuse. 

Previous reports

The Royal Commission released 3 previous reports. 

Working with children checks

Criminal justice

Redress and civil litigation

How does this relate to the Nyland Royal Commission? 

The Child Protection Systems Royal Commission (informally known as the Nyland Royal Commission) investigated South Australian laws, policies, practices and structures in place for children at risk of harm, including children in care. 

The recent Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has a national focus. Over 5 years, this Royal Commission has investigated child sexual abuse in institutional settings including: 

  • government departments
  • religious organisations
  • charities
  • schools
  • out of home care
  • juvenile justice setting
  • sporting and other clubs
  • businesses. 


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

EmailRCIRCSAresponseSA [at] sa.gov.au