Mullighan Inquiry

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In June 2007, the Parliament of South Australia established an Inquiry into the incidence of child sexual abuse on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

In April 2008, the Inquiry concluded that this form of abuse was “widespread” on the APY Lands.

The Inquiry made 46 recommendations. By law, the South Australian Government must produce an annual report, for five years, on its ongoing response to these recommendations.

The Paper Tracker monitors government efforts to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations and the quality of information published in the annual reports.


Child protection protocols under review

Two months after a review of the APY Lands child protection protocols began, its Terms of Reference have not been finalised... read on

Child protection jobs still empty on APY Lands

The Mullighan Inquiry called for two child protection workers to be based on the APY Lands to respond to mandatory notifications of suspected sexual abuse. While the State Government continues to claim that it has ‘fully implemented’ this recommendation, for the past year both of these positions have stood empty... read on

Interview with Dr Jon Jureidini

Dr Jon Jureidini is the Senior Child Psychiatrist with the SA Government’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program (CAMHS). In this interview, he talks about the mental health of children and young people in Anangu communities... read on

More counselling services for APY children

A recent State Government funding announcement should make it easier for children and young people on the APY Lands to access counselling and therapeutic services... read on

School attendance: new data released

Five years ago, the Mullighan Inquiry urged the SA Government to work much harder at improving school attendance on the APY Lands. Last November, the Government said it had ‘fully implemented’ its response to this recommendation. At that time, the attendance rate for APY schools was less than 60%... read on

Anangu students in Adelaide

Many Anangu students complete some of their high school education in Adelaide through the Wiltja Program. Most of these students are accommodated at the Wiltja Residence, an accommodation centre for Aboriginal students located in the... read on

Recruiting child protection workers for the APY Lands

The Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands called for two child protection workers to be based on the APY Lands to respond to mandatory notifications. On 6 May 2008, the State Government accepted this recommendation... read on

Mullighan Inquiry: fourth annual progress report

In November 2012, the South Australian Government reported to State Parliament on the progress it had made implementing the recommendations of the Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands.This was the fourth of five annual reports that... read on

Recommendations 6, 7, 12, 20 & 23: child protection protocols

In April 2008, the Mullighan Inquiry found that a significant amount of child sexual abuse on the APY Lands was not reported or adequately responded to. The Inquiry called for substantial improvements in the way government agencies and non-government organisations handle disclosures of abuse... read on

Recommendation 36: night patrols

In April 2008, the Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands found that “properly managed and adequately resourced night patrols” would increase community safety and help protect Anangu children. To that end, the Inquiry formally recommended... read on

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