Special Commission of Inquiry concerning the investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Hunter region

On 9 November 2012, the Premier announced that the NSW government proposed to establish a Special Commission of Inquiry into matters raised by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox in an ABC Lateline interview regarding the handling of certain child sexual abuse allegations.

Ms Margaret Cunneen SC has been appointed as Commissioner by Letters Patent issued by the Governor of New South Wales on 21 November 2012 under the Special Commissions of Inquiry Act 1983 (NSW).

The Commissioner was due to report on or before 31 May 2014. 

On 25 January 2013, amendments were made to the terms of reference and the reporting date was extended to 30 September 2013. On 28 August 2013 the terms of reference were amended to extend the report date to 28 February 2014. On 12 February 2014 the terms of reference were amended to extend the report date to 31 May 2014.

On 30 May 2014, the four volume report of the Commission was delivered to the Governor. The three public volumes have been released by the NSW Government. The Commission has recommended that the fourth volume of the report remain confidential at this time.


Download a copy of the the three volumes of the report:

Terms of reference

Download a copy of the terms of reference and the January 2013, August 2013 and February 2014 amendments to the terms of reference for the Special Commission of Inquiry.

Support services

Sexual assault is a crime and its impact can be devastating, but help is available to assist you.  

In an emergency ring 000 or your local police station. 

The NSW Government provides support to the victims of sexual abuse through the Victim Access Line, including information on eligibility for obtaining counselling and compensation. If you feel that you require support please call 1800 633 063 where you will be assisted by specially trained referral and support staff.

There is also support for victims of sexual assault and support for victims of child abuse.

Commonwealth Royal Commission

On 11 January 2013, the Commonwealth Government separately established a national Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Australia. Further information regarding the Commonwealth Royal Commission is at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.

Last updated: 04 Sep 2017