​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."

"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." [2]

Draft status

Thanks for your feedback on our disposal schedule, freeze and FAQ. We are currently waiting for further legal advice before we finalise these documents. Please email us at osa@education.tas.gov.au if you have any questions.

Description ​Date of Publication

​Disposal Schedule for Records Relating to Child Abuse (DA2520) (draft)

Disposal Schedule for records relating to child abuse, and our reasons for retention decisions.

October 2019 (draft)

Disposal Freeze for Records Relating to Children (draft) 

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

October 2019 (draft)

Child Abuse Disposal Schedule and Freeze FAQs (draft) 
Information on the Disposal Schedule and Freeze

July 2019 (draft)

How to Identify Records
​Step by step guide to finding records that relate to the Disposal Schedule and Freeze
​August 2019
Record Types
​Examples of record types that may be relevant to the Disposal Freeze
​August 2019
The Royal 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