Hundreds of sex abuse allegations referred to police by Royal Commission

The commission released new data on Tuesday showing thousands of people have alleged they were abused as children in government-run institutions.

The figures come as commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan urged state and territory governments to sign up to the $4 billion national redress scheme to support victims of child sexual abuse.

State and territory governments have failed to agree on a nationally consistent scheme to screen and share information about people applying for jobs with children despite making a commitment to do so in 2005, the commission heard.

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