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Royal commissions

The following Royal Commissions are relevant to the work of the Department for Education.

Child Protection Systems Royal Commission

The Child Protection Systems Royal Commission, headed by Justice Margaret Nyland, was established in August 2014.

The Royal Commission released an interim finding in June 2016. The state government announced on 21 June 2016 that it accepted the interim recommendations.

The Royal Commission presented its final report to the Governor of South Australia on 5 August 2016.

More information

Visit the Department for Child Protection's website for more information.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Australian Government established the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to investigate how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse across Australia.

The Royal Commission presented its final report in December 2017 which highlighted serious failings in the way institutions protect children and young people and deal with reports of abuse when they occur. The Royal Commission delivered 409 recommendations, of which 256 are for the Government of South Australia and 37 for the Department for Education to action.

The Australian Government and the Government of South Australia released their responses to this report in June 2018.

The Government of South Australia’s first annual progress report on the Royal Commission was released on 4 December 2018. Key highlights of the department’s progress include:

  • changes to the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 which will allow the Teachers Registration Board to immediately suspend, or impose conditions on, the registration of a teacher charged with a serious criminal offence, including serious offences related to the safety of children
  • working to improve information gathering and sharing to support children and young people in South Australian schools, preschools and children’s services through the Education and Children’s Services Bill 2018, which is currently before parliament.

Further work to progress the department’s recommendations will be undertaken in 2019 and beyond. 

More information

Visit the Department for Child Protection's website for more information.