Case Study 15: Swimming Australia and the DPP
The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from Monday 7 to Wednesday 16 July 2014.
The public hearing examined the response of Swimming Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing was to inquire into:
- The response of Swimming Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse against Terrance William Buck.
- The response of:
- Swimming Australia;
- Swimming Queensland; and
- Queensland Academy of Sport
to allegations of child sexual abuse against Scott Volkers.
- The response of the Offices of the Directors of Public Prosecutions in Queensland and New South Wales to allegations of child sexual abuse against Scott Volkers.
- The criteria by which Offices of the Directors of Public Prosecutions determine whether to prosecute allegations of child sexual assault.
- The response of Scone Swimming Club to the convictions of Stephen John Roser for indecent assault and for committing acts of indecency against a child.
- The systems, policies and procedures of Swimming Australia and its member organisations, for preventing, detecting and responding to sexual abuse and their implementation.
- The response of the Queensland Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian to an application by Scott Volkers for a ‘blue card’.
- Training of legal staff including prosecutors and liaison officers of the Offices of Directors of Public Prosecution in child sexual offending.
- Any related matters.