Public Statement in relation to Mr Stephen Tiley

1 July 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission conducted an investigation into the conduct of unregistered health practitioner, Mr Stephen Leslie Tiley (Mr Tiley).

The Commission found that Mr Tiley has breached clause 3(1) of the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Practitioners under Schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012, in that he failed to provide care in a safe and ethical manner when working as a self-employed massage therapist from his private residential home in Emerald Beach.

Between 1 January 2004 and 31 January 2004, during the course of providing a massage treatment to Person A, Mr Tiley committed an assault with an act of indecency, in contravention of section 61L of the Crimes Act 1900.

On 17 February 2011, during the course of providing a massage treatment to Person B who was 14 years of age, Mr Tiley committed an indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age, in contravention of section 61M(2) of the Crimes Act 1900.

On 16 January 2018 Mr Tiley was charged by the NSW Police with the two offences set out above.

On 12 November 2019 Mr Tiley was found guilty of indecent assault person under 16 years (Person B) and assault with act of indecency (Person A), contrary to sections 61L and 61M(2) of the Crimes Act 1900.

On 31 January 2020 at Ballina Local Court, Mr Tiley was sentenced to a Community Correction Order for 3 years (effective 21 January 2020 to 30 January 2023) and an Intensive Corrections Order for 18 months (effective 21 January 2020 to 30 July 2021). Under the terms of the Orders, Mr Tiley must complete a total of 400 hours of community service.

The Commission is satisfied that Mr Tiley poses a risk to both the health and safety of members of the public.

The Commission therefore makes the following Prohibition Order:

  • Mr Stephen Leslie Tiley is permanently prohibited from providing any health services, as defined in s4 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (the Act), whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

The Commission will make the finalised Statement of Decision publicly available under section 41B(3)(c) of the Act.


Further Information

The full Public Statement of Decision can be read here

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at

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