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Media Inquiries

Contact Stephanie Gotlib
Chief Executive Officer
03 9417 1025
stephaniegotlib@cyda.org.au

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Support available from the
Royal Commission


Counselling support

Free counselling support is available to you at any point during your engagement with the Royal Commission.

If you find you need some additional support in the lead up to your private session you can call the Royal Commission and ask to speak to their counselling team. The Royal Commission counselling team can assist to refer you to a support service in your State or Territory. You can call the Royal Commission on 1800 099 340.

The Australian Government has provided funding for a range of support services that can provide ongoing support or counselling for people impacted by the Royal Commission.

A list of support services is on the Royal Commission website http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

Support to attend a private session or public hearing

Counsellors employed by the Royal Commission are available to support people speaking at a private session and/or providing testimony to a public hearing.

Flexible arrangements to share your experience

The Royal Commission can provide financial support to travel to a private session or public hearing if necessary.

If you have support need, let the Royal Commission know and they will do their best to accommodate you. The Royal Commission can arrange interpreters or communication support workers if necessary.

The National Relay Service can be used for deaf people, or people with a hearing or speech impairment.

Royal Commission staff can attend a person's home or other agreed place if necessary to record their story.

Legal Advice

Free confidential and independent legal advice and support is available if necessary from Knowmore Legal Service 1800 605 762 or on their website www.knowmore.org.au
The Royal Commission can provide financial support to travel to a private session if necessary.