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Policy for Managing Records of Actual or Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse within NT Public Sector Organisations

This Policy for Managing Records of Actual or Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse within NT Public Sector Organisations PDF (256.9 KB) outlines the responsibilities of NT Public Sector Organisations to meet the requirements of the Information Act (the Act) and the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RCIRCSA) was established on 21 November 2012. The Royal Commission submitted its final report on 15 December 2017. The recommendations of the report include specific reference to the importance of records and support good recordkeeping practices. Recommendations 8.1-8.4 relating to recordkeeping have been accepted in principle by the Northern Territory (NT) Government.

The NTG response to the recommendations can be viewed at Northern Territory Government - Initial Response to the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, 22 June 2018.

In particular this guidance addresses Recommendation 8.3 'The National Archives of Australia and state and territory public records authorities should provide guidance to government and non-government on identifying records, which, it is reasonable to expect, may become relevant to an actual or alleged incident of child sexual abuse; and on the retention and disposal of such records'.

The final report of the RCIRCSA containing the final recommendations can be viewed at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse website - https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/final-report

Last updated: 24 March 2020

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