Author: Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria welcomes the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Within Volume 8, Recordkeeping and information sharing, the report highlights the critical nature of good recordkeeping and effective information sharing and makes 23 recommendations for improving practices.

We are considering our response to the recommendations as a whole, but there are some things we can do right away. We are starting by revising Care Leaver information on our website, and ensuring that retention and disposal authorities require that records relating to child sexual abuse that has occurred, or is alleged to have occurred, be retained for at least 45 years.

We're working with the area of government responsible for coordinating the Victorian Government response and with the National Archives and the other State and Territory public record authorities on further actions to be taken. 

To read updates on Public Record Office Victoria's response to these recommendations please review the news section of our blog throughout 2018.

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