This paper is the outcome of a Workshop supported by the Academy of the Social Sciences in
Australia in conjunction with La Trobe University, held in April 2017. The aim of this
Workshop was to explore the background to the Royal Commission, its social, cultural and historical significance, and the role of the social sciences in building its knowledge base and in understanding its legislative, policy and justice implications. It brought together academics from a variety of disciplines (criminology, history, law, legal studies, social work and sociology), research staff from the Royal Commission, and legal practitioners and survivor advocates, providing a valuable opportunity for knowledge exchange between stakeholder and researcher agendas.