The Tasmanian Government’s Fourth Annual Progress Report and Action Plan 2022 responding to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been released today.

The Annual Report outlines the Tasmanian Government’s ongoing work to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission, with 195 now completed and a further 90 currently being progressed.

The work has been complex, requiring engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders, but I am proud to say that on numerous occasions Tasmania has led the country in implementing the necessary reforms in a relatively short period of time.

The Tasmanian Government acknowledges that child sexual abuse has not only been the result of historical institutional environments and outdated practices, but is an ongoing risk to our children and young people that requires strong leadership.

This report, and the ones before it, confirm we are implementing the necessary reforms – many of which are complex – as quickly as possible, to protect our children and young people into the future.

Further work continues to be progressed, such as the Tasmanian Government’s focus in 2022 towards establishing a comprehensive Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework including independent oversight of child safe standards and a reportable conduct scheme.

We will also be progressing further important legislative reforms that will improve criminal justice outcomes for victim-survivors and will enhance child safety in a way that is both best-practice and future-focused.

This important work has been lengthy and complex, and I wish to particularly thank my Department for their strong commitment in progressing these reforms as quickly as possible.

The Fourth Annual Progress Report can be found on the Department of Justice’s website at: Department of Justice : Response to Final Report

It is important to acknowledge that the work of the Royal Commission and the Tasmanian Government’s response may be distressing to some people in our community, and if at any time anyone feels that they would like to speak with someone, there are services and support groups that can help.

Some options for advice and support include:

  • 1800 Respect;
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14;
  • Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) on 1800 697 877;
  • Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277; and

The National Redress Scheme Information Line on 1800 146 713.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice