This was reported in the West Australian Newspaper yesterday
"Victims' agreements no bar for abuse inquiry - The head of the royal commission into child sex abuse has warned institutions they will not be able to hide behind confidential.ity agreements to stymie scrutiny of their conduct or stop victims speaking out.
In his first public comments since his appointment, Justice Peter McClellan said the commission wold not hesitate to use its power to compel organisations to give evidence if deemed to be necessary for the inquiry...
Some legal experts had suggested that the royal commission would not be able to override confidentiality agreements signed by victims when settling claims against organisations but Justice McClellan made clear the agreements would not be a barrier.
"We wish to empasise that under the Royal Commission Act, the commission has powers to compel the production of evidence, including documents, an we will not hesitate in an appropriate case to exercise those powers" Justice McClellan said.
Commissioners would collect evidence in public where possible but he acknowledged some witnesses might be reluctant to air their stories in an open forum. In those cases, proceedings could take place in private and real names not used, he said."
Sounds like this is going to be a very thorough investigation.