From December 2011 to August 2012, former Supreme Court Judge, the Hon. Peter Blaxell, conducted a special inquiry under section 24H of the Public Sector Management Act 1994. The inquiry examined the conduct and response of relevant public officials and government agencies in relation to allegations of sexual abuse at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning, and related organisations.
Mr Blaxell provided a copy of his report titled St Andrew’s Hostel Katanning: How the system and society failed our children to the Public Sector Commissioner on Friday 3 August 2012.
On Wednesday 19 September 2012, Premier Colin Barnett tabled the report in parliament, and it was published on the Public Sector Commission’s website. Mr Barnett announced that all of the report’s recommendations would be implemented, an ex gratia scheme would be established for victims of abuse in country high school hostels, and that the Commissioner for Children and Young People would oversee a ‘one-stop-shop’ for reporting child abuse.
On Friday 30 November 2012, the Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney announced that the ex gratia scheme had been established.
Special Inquirer the Hon. Peter Blaxell and Public Sector Commissioner Mal Wauchope