An independent inquiry will examine historical sexual abuse and current safeguards at public schools in Tasmania.
The probe, announced by the state government on Thursday, is set to review the education department's response to past abuse and whether current systems properly protect children.
"Our intent is to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect young people in government schools," Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff told state parliament on Thursday.
"It will test to see if further work needs to be undertaken to protect young people in school."
The inquiry will compliment the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Rockliff said.
It's terms of reference have been released but the timeline is not yet known.
In May it was revealed several survivors were planning to launch legal action against the education department over allegations of child sex abuse in government schools decades ago.
The state's Labor and Greens opposition support the Liberal government's announcement.
"This issue is beyond politics and we welcome any move by the government to investigate the past, provide closure if possible, and ensure adequate protections are in place," Labor MP Josh Willie said in a statement.