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the Royal Commission

knowmore is an independent service giving free legal advice to people who are considering telling their story or providing information to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Our mission is to help each person who comes to us:

  • understand the powers and procedures of the Royal Commission
  • understand the legal issues and legal options relevant to him or her
  • feel supported to make an informed decision about interacting with the Royal Commission
  • be enabled to tell their story or provide information to the Royal Commission if they choose to do so.

Through this work it is our goal to help prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in institutions in the future.

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Register for a private session

If you want to tell your story to the Royal Commission in person at a private session, you must register before 30 September 2016. More than 5,000 private sessions have been held by the Royal Commission and more than 1,500 people are currently waiting for a private session. Due to this demand, the Royal Commission will close registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016. There will be no exceptions for registration after this date, although you will still be able to tell your story through a written account. Once registered, you may have to wait up to 12 months, but you will be heard because private sessions will be held until late 2017.

To register, or confirm that you are already registered, you can contact the Royal Commission by:

phone: 1800 099 340
post: PO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001


You must register before September 30 for a Private Session.
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