Making the future safer for our children

2nd March 2018

International Convention Centre Darling Harbour Sydney


Exploring the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, their Impacts and Implications


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Thursday 14 June 2018

An important day for Australian children as Commonwealth Government accepts 104 Royal Commission recommendations

Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s announcement yesterday, accepting 104 of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“What we heard yesterday from the Prime Minister and Attorney-General is a commitment to keep Australian children safe from all forms of abuse, particularly when in the care of institutions,” said CAPS Chairman Andrew Grech.

Mr Grech also pointed to the establishment of the National Office for Child Safety as a significant and important measure by government to ensure it does everything in its power to keep children safe.

The Prime Minister also announced that the formal national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, as uncovered during the Royal Commission, will take place on 22 October 2018 coinciding with National Children’s week.

“CAPS fully supports the national apology to survivors. It is another clear and public action of solidarity for abuse survivors. My hope is that through the formal apology, abuse survivors will be able to feel empowered to continue their healing journey,” said Mr Grech.

Mr Grech also congratulated the West Australian government in joining the national redress scheme, another key recommendation of the Royal Commission. The redress scheme commences next month and with the inclusion of Western Australia will cover more than 90% of Australians eligible for the scheme.

One of the recommendations currently under consideration by state governments is mandating religious leaders disclose child sexual abuse when they are made aware it has occurred, even if the religious leader finds out about the abuse through private or spiritual conversations, such as confession.

CAPS confirms its support for mandatory reporting of all child sexual abuse which includes compelling religious leaders to report cases of abuse and points to recently passed legislation by the ACT Government as an example for other state governments to follow.

There are currently 18 more Royal Commission recommendations still being considered by the Commonwealth Government.

“It is commendable that the government has so far not rejected any of the Royal Commission’s recommendations and I am hopeful that with due consideration, the outstanding 18 recommendations currently being considered will also be accepted,” said CAPS General Manager Jeff Taylor. 

CAPS remains committed to working with all levels of government regarding the implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations to help ensure Australian children are kept safe now and into the future.

An invitation from Former Commissioner Fitzgerald AM

Our Speakers

Damien Rider

A survivor who has changed his life and those of many others. 
Former Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald

Commissioner Fitzgerald AM

Commissioner Fitzgerald speaking on the content of the final report to the government on the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse.

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Julie Inman-Grant 


e-Safety Commissioner.

 Julie Inman - Grant has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe.

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Dr Kieran Le Plastrier


Dr Le Plastrier completed medical school as a surgical trainee, before discovering his passion for psychiatry. He served as president of the hospital residents’ society from 2007 to 2008.

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Rabbi Mendel Kastel

Rabbi Mendel Kastel

Rabbi Kastel has been providing Rabbinic expertise to the Sydney community for over 20 years. His deep community and social welfare experience, passion for the cause and collaborative approach has seen Jewish House grow and continue to develop. 

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Cathy Lovell Head of School Services AISNSW

Cathy Lovell is the Head of School Services, Division Head: Workplace Management
at the Association of Independent Schools of NSW (AISNSW). Cathy has been with AISNSW for 21 years in various roles.


Lisa Flynn is the National Practice Leader of Shine Lawyers’ Abuse Law Practice.

With over 17 years’ experience, Lisa represents and stands as a voice for survivors of historical abuse, helping them to access justice and acknowledgement for the wrongdoing they have suffered.      Read More →

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Hon Dan Tehan MP



The Hon Dan Tehan MP is Minister for Social Services and was sworn in on 20 December 2017.
Mr Tehan served as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security.

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Janet Schorer, NSW Children's Guardian

Janet Schorer was Executive Director of the NDIS Reform Group for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet from November 2014, and led the Commonwealth negotiations and transition to the NDIS across NSW Government.

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Steve Kidmond

Steve Kinmond

Mr Kinmond has been the NSW Community & Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman for 13 years. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Ombudsman (Police) for eight years.


Det Inspector Peter Yeomans

Detective Chief

Inspector, Peter Yeomans

Current Child Abuse Squad Commander and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans hopes speaking publicly will encourage more child abuse victims to come forward.

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Detective Sergeant Rachel Fawcett

Detective Sergeant Rachel Fawcett

Rachel joined in 1992 for initial training.  She was stationed at Campbelltown and in the Macarthur area until 2001 working in General Duties, Special Operations, Anti Theft then Plain Clothes in 1997.  She went to Crime Agencies in Strawberry Hills in 2001, initially with Robbery Squad then into the child abuse area as an investigator in 2004.

The Commission has made its recommendations.
What is our response?

A number of organisations have been proactive in making changes to their areas of influence in the community.  As the changes have wide spread consequences we all need to consider how we proactively work towards a community that give every child a chance to be safe.


This important event is proudly brought to you by the Child Abuse Prevention Service and these very important sponsors.  Thanks to their generosity this important conference can foster change in industries and communities to increase the future safety of our children. 



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Child Abuse Prevention Service


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Redress Scheme

Implications for Institutions

Implications for Institutions


The Royal Commission’s report and recommendations will have far reaching implications across multiple sectors in our society, with direct implications for any agency working with children or indirect contact with children including education, sports, foster care, employment, policing, legal, and insurance. 

In addition to many recommendations, the implementation and operation of the Commonwealth Redress Scheme, a key aspect of a comprehensive response by Governments to the Commission, have implications directly impact on any agency funded by State or Federal governments. 

This professional development event will be the first chance services, agencies, professionals, psychologists / social workers, legal, medical and other services workers will have to hear directly from Commissioner Fitzgerald after the delivery of the Commission to Parliament in Late 2017