Communities and Justice

Royal Commission civil litigation recommendations

The NSW Government is considering the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse about how to provide justice to victims of future institutional child abuse.

In particular, the NSW Government is seeking input through this Consultation Paper from survivors of institutional child abuse, organisations providing services to children, legal professionals, and any other interested members of the public on:

  • removing legal barriers from the civil litigation system in NSW to make it easier for survivors of institutional child abuse in the future to sue responsible institutions
  • how achievable and effective the proposed reforms would be, and
  • the potential impact of any changes on survivors of institutional child abuse, government, non-government organisations and the public interest.

The Department of Justice has developed a consultation paper which identifies some of the potential issues and poses questions about possible options for reform.

Download the consultation paper in PDF [PDF, 571KB]

Submissions closed on 4th​ September 2017 and are available for download below.

Please note that all submissions and comments will be treated as public, and may be published, unless the author indicates that it is to be treated as confidential.


Alliance for Forgotten Australians [PDF, 248KB]

Allison Silink and Pamela Stewart [PDF, 1543 KB]

Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney [PDF, 372KB]

Anglicare Sydney [PDF, 496KB]

Association of Independent Schools NSW [PDF, 340KB]

Association of Independent Schools NSW Supplementary submission [PDF, 141KB]

Australian Lawyers Alliance [PDF, 8MB]

Bravehearts [PDF, 548KB]

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) [PDF, 748KB]

Catholic Religious Australia [PDF, 331KB]

Community Legal Centres NSW [PDF, 426KB]

Community Underwriting Agency [PDF, 161KB]

Greens NSW [PDF, 113KB]

Insurance Council of Australia [PDF, 105KB]

Kingsford Legal Centre [PDF, 3093KB]

Knowmore [PDF, 665KB]

Legal Aid NSW [PDF, 137KB]

NSW Bar Association [PDF, 1673KB]

Office of the Children's Guardian [PDF, 336KB]

People With Disabilities Australia [PDF, 216KB]

Province of Sydney and the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn [PDF, 366KB]

Salvos Legal [PDF, 768KB]

Slater & Gordon Lawyers [PDF, 637KB]


Last updated:

04 Jul 2023