The NSW government will implement hundreds of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse but has fallen short of forcing priests to break the privacy of confession.
The state has accepted fully or in-principle 336 of the 409 recommendations.
Some reforms have already been announced, including legislation to make it easier to sue institutions for child abuse, and a maximum life sentence for those convicted of repeated sex abuse.
The NSW government has also accepted a recommendation that all institutions should implement child safe standards identified by the royal commission.
But it is still considering whether clergy who hear or become suspicious about abuse through confessions should be mandatory reporters.
The state government said the "complex issue" has been referred to the council of Attorneys-General to be considered for a national approach.