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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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Royal Commission to mark its closing with a special sitting on 14 December 2017

The Royal Commission will mark the end of its five-year long enquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse with a special sitting on 14 December 2017.  For more information see Media Release from the Royal Commission

Commonwealth Government to establish a national redress scheme

On 4 November 2016 the Australian Government announced that it is establishing a Commonwealth Redress Scheme (CRS) for survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse.  Funding for the CRS and legal and community support services for survivors that are currently provided through the Royal Commission, was confirmed in the 2017 Budget (Media Release – The Hon Christian Porter)

This follows the Royal Commission’s 2015 recommendation that the establishment of a single, national redress scheme was the most effective structure for ensuring justice for survivors.

On 26 October the Turnbull Government introduced to Parliament the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017.   (Media Release October 2017 – The Hon. Christian Porter)

The CRS will commence in July 2018. A phone line will open in March 2018 providing more information.  You can read more about the scheme at the Department of Social Services.

If you have questions about how the proposed scheme might impact on you, including any current or future legal claims – please call knowmore or your lawyer who is handling your claim.

Information about the Commonwealth Redress Scheme

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2017 NSW Justice Award

Prue Gregory, has been awarded the 2017 Justice Medal at the Justice Awards hosted by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW at Parliament House. Presented by Attorney General Mark Speakman, Prue Gregory won the prestigious award for her outstanding work in providing legal assistance to disadvantaged people for more than 20 years, most recently in her role with knowmore.

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2016 Civil Justice Award

knowmore legal service is proud to have been awarded the 2016 Civil Justice Award. Click here for more.