The Education Department's new Chief Executive says he should be able to reveal within weeks whether disciplinary action will be taken against staff named in the Debelle inquiry.

"Please explain" letters were sent to eleven public servants criticised in the Royal Commission, which looked into the handling of school sex abuse cases.

Chief Executive Tony Harrison has told ABC radio he has reviewed the files individually and will consider each one on its own merits before making any decisions.

"I think it could be a month or so," he said.

"The reason I do say that... is that further correspondence has to be sent to those individuals in some cases. That will take a couple of weeks.

"But I'd like to hope probably within the next week or two some announcements can be made by myself."

Mr Harrison has defended the length of the response and says he will not jump to conclusions about public servants singled out for criticism.

"Each of these individuals has the right for natural justice as it's referred to, to make sure that there is a fair process," he said.

"I think it's wrong to continue to suggest these people are going to be subject of disciplinary conduct.

"That may be a finding in some cases, or all cases.

"I'm spending a lot of my time available at the moment reviewing these files individually and I can assure everybody I will be considering each one on its own merits to make sure that they are properly considered and the appropriate outcomes are arrived at."


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