Gillard invites abuse victims to Kirribilli House

CHILD abuse victims and advocates were invited to Kirribilli House on the weekend to meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, a day after she released plans for this year's Royal Commission into sexual abuse in institutions.

Ms Gillard told her 30 guests on Saturday there were tough times ahead for victims but she hoped the outcome of what is expected to be a two year inquiry, would "bring healing" to the nation.

On Friday Ms Gillard announced the terms of reference for the Royal Commission which will be headed by NSW Supreme Court chief judge, Justice Peter McClennan.

She said the inquiry would examine how institutions responsible for children had managed and responded to allegations of abuse, whether systems to protect children had failed and what could be done to improve law and politics.

The first report is expected back mid-next year and final recommendations will be made late 2015.