National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
On 30 March 2019, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, committed $22.5 million in funding over five years towards the establishment of the National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.
The establishment of the National Centre was a key recommendation (9.9) of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission).
The Royal Commission recommended that the Australian Government, along with state and territory governments, establish a national centre to address child sexual abuse by reducing stigma, promoting help-seeking and supporting good practice.
The Royal Commission stated the National Centre should partner with survivors in all its work, valuing their knowledge and experience.
Engaging stakeholders in a genuine collaborative way that draws on the collective wisdom, experience and skills of a wide range of people and organisations is critical to the future success of the National Centre.
The Department of Social Services conducted face-to-face consultations with government and non-government stakeholders in 2019, including survivor advocacy groups, people who work with victims and survivors, academics, peak bodies, national and local organisations who provide services, and policy and decision makers.
Consultations have focussed on the following key areas:
Function: Examining each element of the recommendation and determining how the National Centre might achieve these aims.
Scope: With limited resources, what are the priorities and most important functions for the National Centre?
Success: What would indicate the National Centre is achieving its purpose?
All consultation feedback will be analysed and will inform a summary report to be published on the National Centre webpage.
Following the consultation period, there will be a competitive process to select an organisation to lead the National Centre’s work.
What to expect
Child sexual abuse can be a difficult topic to talk about. This survey has been designed to make it as safe as possible for all people to have their say on the design of the National Centre. The survey will ask your views on things like the functions, scope, and priorities of the National Centre. You will not be asked to share your personal experiences.
If you need to take a break at any time while completing the survey, you can save your responses and return to the survey at another time. You may also opt out of the survey at any time and skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
If you need emotional support at any time please contact:
- In an emergency call Triple Zero (000)
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- Mensline 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- 1800 Respect 1800 737 732
The department will provide further updates in relation to the National Centre on the National Centre webpage.
For more information about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, visit the Royal Commission website.
For any other enquires please email NationalCentre@dss.gov.au.