Victoria Police announced on Friday it has launched a new taskforce to investigate new and historical allegations of child sexual abuse that have emanated from the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into child sex abuse.
Victoria Police say Taskforce Sano will initially comprise 10 detectives but could increase as the scale of investigations becomes more evident.
The taskforce will also provide expert support and advice to the Parliamentary Inquiry and, as required, to the Royal Commission.
The taskforce will be led by Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Dwyer of the Sexual Crimes Squad who has been working closely with the parliamentary inquiry over the past five months.
Detective Superintendent Rod Jouning, head of the Sexual and Family Violence Directorate, said police were determined to ensure that all reported matters were thoroughly investigated.
"The Parliamentary inquiry - and recent publicity around the federal Royal Commission - has prompted a number of new complaints and allegations of child sexual abuse which demand the most thorough investigation,” he said.
“This is an opportunity for us not only to look into new complaints, but to identify links between offenders and offences not previously uncovered through the use of modern, sophisticated investigation methods."
Det-Supt Jouning said Victoria Police welcomed the parliamentary inquiry and had an important role to play in ensuring justice for victims.
"This is something we are absolutely committed to, and through Taskforce Sano we will be well positioned to ensure that both new and historical matters are thoroughly examined and progressed."