Publication date: Tuesday, 3 April 2018
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Offenders convicted of persistent child sex abuse will face a maximum penalty of life in jail under extensive reforms implementing the criminal justice recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the NSW Government has accepted the overwhelming majority of the Royal Commission’s criminal justice recommendations.
"These historic reforms are designed to deliver survivors the justice they deserve and impose tougher penalties on offenders for their appalling abuse of children.
"NSW continues to lead the nation in its response to the Royal Commission by introducing one of the state's largest ever criminal reform packages,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Some of the key changes the NSW Government will make include:
Legislation implementing these changes will be introduced to the NSW Parliament in the coming months. Mr Speakman said these reforms represent a major improvement in the way the legal system responds to child sexual abuse.
"The Royal Commission has generated unprecedented community understanding of child sexual abuse and the harm it causes," Mr Speakman said.
"It is vital we strengthen our laws so they better reflect community expectations, protect children, and help survivors find justice."
Extensive reforms to implement more than 50 recommendations of the Royal Commission will be introduced before the end of the year. The Government will formally respond to all the Royal Commissioner's recommendations in June.
The NSW Government will establish a monitoring group to review the legislative changes to ensure they operate effectively after they are introduced.
NSW has already taken significant steps in response to the Royal Commission, including by:
Support for survivors is available through: