ACT secures A rating in implementing key Royal Commission reforms for abuse survivors

14 December 2018
Lawyers for abuse survivors have today applauded the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for taking strong action to implement key legal reforms in the 12 months since the abuse Royal Commission handed down its final report.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Walter Hawkins said the ACT, along with New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, had played a leading role in implementing key legal reforms recommended by the Royal Commission.

“The ACT has done an excellent job in moving to implement many of the important legal reforms that have come out of the Royal Commission and they are to be commended for this,” Mr Hawkins said.

“For this reason we have ranked the ACT an A for its efforts, which have included to date joining the redress scheme, implementing penalties for failure to report child sexual abuse, lifting limitation periods and removing the Ellis defence.

“Significantly the ACT has also extended mandatory reporting to the confessional, one of only two jurisdictions to date who have achieved this reform in full – a reform we consider vital to improving access to justice for abuse survivors in the ACT.

“The ACT still has work to do to implement a non-delegable duty of care on organisations and to reverse the onus of proof on institutions and we hope the momentum on reform delivered to date will continue to see these important measures acted on in 2019,” he said.

A full scorecard on the progress states have made towards implementing key legal reforms recommended by the Royal Commission is attached.

View the scorecard by clicking here.

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