​Royal Commission Toolkit

This toolkit helps Tasmanian organisations to implement the five recordkeeping recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission). These recommendations, along with others not covered in this toolkit, will help organisations make sure they are safe for children.

This toolkit can be used by government and non-government organisations. 


In 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that a royal commission would be held to investigate the institutional responses to allegations or incidents of child sexual abuse. The Royal Commission ran for five years, and heard statements from nearly 8000 survivors. Nearly one third of the survivors told the Royal Commission they were abused in an institution under government management, most commonly schools, out-of-home care, youth detention and healthcare facilities [1].

"The Royal Commission has heard from countless survivors about their painful experiences with poor records and recordkeeping practices in institutions. Many have told us that they had difficulty accessing records, including those who were unable to find records about themselves," Mr Reed said.

"The consultation paper revealed that good recordkeeping practices contribute to survivors' sense of identity, knowledge of past experience and memories and information about their families, culture and community. Good records and recordkeeping practices also assist in better handling of child sexual abuse complaints, redress and criminal proceedings," Mr Reed said [2].


We welcome your feedback on our disposal schedule, freeze and FAQ. Please email your feedback to osa@education.tas.gov.au by Monday 22 July 2019.

Description ​Date of Publication

​Disposal Schedule for Records Relating to Child Abuse (DA2520) (draft) - feedback due by 22 July 2019

Our new Disposal Schedule for records relating to child abuse

July 2019

Disposal Freeze for Records Relating to Children (draft) - feedback due by 22 July 2019

​Formal notification of our Disposal Freeze for Records Relating to Children

July 2019

Child Abuse Disposal Schedule and Freeze FAQs (draft) - feedback due by 22 July 2019
Information on the Disposal Schedule and Freeze

July 2019

Record Types

Examples of record types that may be relevant to the Disposal Freeze
Coming soon

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse 

​The official website for the Royal Commission

The Commission's final report - Recordkeeping and information sharing (Volume 8)
Volume 8 of the Royal Commission's final report examines recordkeeping and information sharing in institutions, and how they can be improved