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Only 15 per cent of child sexual abuse cases getting to court in NSW Only 15 per cent of child sexual abuse cases getting to court in NSW

Published on 09 October 2014: The Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says new research has revealed a drop in the number of child sex abuse cases making it all the way to the courtroom.

Royal Commission looks to Tasmania as national debate on redress continues Royal Commission looks to Tasmania as national debate on redress continues

Published on 08 October 2014: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold public hearings in Tasmania next month.

New WorkCover and TAC medical certificate yet another burden New WorkCover and TAC medical certificate yet another burden

Published on 03 October 2014: From 1 July, both WorkCover and the TAC have introduced new Capacity Assessment Forms that have replaced the old medical certificates which had to be filled in by the treating doctor.

New Irish historical inquiry into mother and baby homes New Irish historical inquiry into mother and baby homes

Published on 02 October 2014: Terms of reference are expected to be released soon for a national Irish inquiry into the mistreatment of unmarried mothers and their children in institutional care from about the 1920s to the 1960s.

Ballarat abuse survivors positive about Royal Commission progress Ballarat abuse survivors positive about Royal Commission progress

Published on 23 September 2014: A group of child sexual abuse survivors in Ballarat have praised the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for hearing the views of survivors after a recent visit to the central Victorian city.

Children still abused in DHS care despite shift away from large institutional homes Children still abused in DHS care despite shift away from large institutional homes

Published on 19 September 2014: A new report by the Department of Human Services has revealed carers in the Victorian out-of-home care system were responsible for 64 substantiated cases of child abuse in the past year.

Religious ministers face greater child safety checks Religious ministers face greater child safety checks

Published on 09 September 2014: In amendments to the Working with Children Act 2005, religious ministers from all denominations will be subject to revised child safety laws under new legislation in Victoria.

Northern Ireland and Australia to collaborate on sexual abuse evidence Northern Ireland and Australia to collaborate on sexual abuse evidence

Published on 08 September 2014: The Historical Abuse Inquiry (HIA) in Northern Ireland has told the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that it will pass on evidence of grave institutional abuse suffered by children sent to Australia.

Bye bye bank cheque, hello electronic conveyancing Bye bye bank cheque, hello electronic conveyancing

Published on 29 August 2014: The frustration of having to pay and provide bank cheques when buying or selling property and waiting for them to clear for settlements is nearly a thing of the past with the introduction in Australia of electronic property settlements.

Letters of apology unchanged in 13 years Letters of apology unchanged in 13 years

Published on 26 August 2014: You would have thought that a lot would have changed since the early days when the Catholic Church was devising it legal and moral response to the sexual abuse scandal that would eventually engulf it. But in one matter, nothing has changed.

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