Stephen Roche has been named one of Toowoomba’s most influential people in 2018. In The Chronicle newspaper’s Power 100, he’s come in at number 42 amongst a group of truly talented locals.
Stephen is a solicitor, human rights activist and author known for his influential work fighting for survivors of institutional sexual abuse.
In 2001, he was a member of the legal team that won the landmark case against Toowoomba Prep School. The outcome set a compensation record and led to the resignation of the Governor-General at the time. Roche’s book about the case, Don’t Tell, was published in 2011 and was made into a film in 2017.
The case was the catalyst for the Blue Card background check system. It also pre-dated the historic Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse by more than a decade.
Roche, who holds a Masters of Laws degree, has also been involved in high-profile cases taking on multinational companies. He remains as committed as ever to fighting for people’s rights.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: October 15, 2018.