Reform and Recommendations

The Truth Justice and Healing Council has made a range of recommendations to the Royal Commission through submissions to the Royal Commission Issues Paper process.

The Catholic Church, again through the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has also developed guidelines for Church authorities in relation to issues of particular significance to survivors of child sexual abuse with the Catholic Church.


Guidelines for Church Authorities in responding to civil claims for child sexual abuse
November 2015

Guidelines for responding to requests from survivors of child sexual abuse whose claims have been subject to settlements
November 2014



Maitland Newcastle Diocese launches new Protection and Safety Council
Media release - 23 January 2017

Catholic Church in Australia launches new company to protect children and vulnerable adults
22 November 2016

Melbourne Response compensation limit to double
18 November 2016

Diocese of Armidale statement re Farrell and reforms
27 September 2016

Framework for Marist-Governed Schools Child Protection Standards
June 2016

Statement from the Jesuits - Comprehensive strategy to safeguard children
6 September 2016

Statement from Bishop of Ballarat, Paul Bird: Bishop Mulkearns' estate
6 September 2016

New child protection training for school staff
Media release Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
9 August 2016

Statement from the Christian Brothers Oceania Province
25 May 2016

Joint Statement from Diocese of Rockhampton and Sisters of Mercy  - Royal Commission final report into St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol
21 April 2016

Statement from the Christian Brothers Oceania re handling of compensation to abuse victims
30 March2016

Marist Brothers resolve to adopt Catholic Church's guidelines on civil claims
2 December 2015

New child protection office part of Archdiocese of Sydney review
30 September 2015

The Australian Province of the Society of Jesus child protection policy
10 September 2015

Christian Brothers Oceania Province completed nearly 50% of re-examinations in WA
7 July 2015

Perth Archbishop sets world first in preventing abuse
5 July 2015

Statement from the Christian Brothers Oceania: Commission Undertakings Update 3
22 December 2014

Child protection expert appointed by Catholic Archbishop
14 September 2014

Christian Brothers in WA Royal Commission undertakings update no. 2 
2 September 2014

Archbishop Hart announces review the compensation payments process of the Melbourne Response
25 August 2014

Survivors of Abuse will receive ongoing counselling as long as it needed
Christian Brothers 
7 May 2014







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The Council concluded its work on 30 April 2018 and is no longer distributing any material about its work.