A Special Commission of inquiry into allegations of child sexual abuses by Hunter priests has opened in Sydney today.

The Commission, which was set up by Premier Barry O’Farrell in November will investigated alleged instances of child sexual abuse in the Maitland-Hunter Catholic diocese.

Robyn Cotterill-Jones from the Victims of Crime Assistance League says the Commission is long overdue, but a positive step forward in looking after victims of child sexual abuse.