3 Apr 2013

Australian commission on institutional child abuse begins

10:37 pm on 3 April 2013

The chairman of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says more than 5,000 people are expected to share their experiences with the commission.

In his opening address to the commission's first sitting at the Victorian County Court in Melbourne on Wednesday, Justice Peter McClellan said given the scope of the inquiry, it was unlikely the federal government's December 2015 deadline would be met.

But he urged victims to remain patient as the commission begins its work, reports the ABC.