Skip to main content


Hearing Block 5, Townsville

Hearing Block 5 will run from Monday 20 June at the Mercure Hotel Townsville.

Hearing Block 5, Townsville

Hearing Block 5 will run from Monday 20 June at the Mercure Hotel Townsville.


On 8 July 2021, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), issued Letters Patent, which established the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. Mr Nick Kaldas APM, the Hon James Douglas QC, and Dr Peggy Brown AO have been appointed as Royal Commissioners. They are required to produce an interim report by 11 August 2022 and a final report by 17 June 2024.

The Letters Patent set out the Royal Commissioners’ terms of reference.

You can subscribe to our mailing list to receive e-mail updates from the Royal Commission.

And you can make a submission to the Royal Commission.

Background papers have been released

Background papers from the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are available.

Read the Background papers


Fast Facts


Submissions received


Phone enquiries


Private sessions held


Witnesses at hearings


Livestream views


Make a submission

Find out how to make a submission to the Royal Commission


Request a private session

A private session is a confidential meeting with a Commissioner/s where you tell them about your personal experience

Clasping hands


If you or someone else is in crisis and needs immediate help, please contact one of these services

Looking out over a sandy beach towards the sun over the ocean

About the Commission

Information about the Royal Commission, the Letters Patent that established it, and the Royal Commissioners’ terms of reference

Photo of rolled newspapers

News & Media

Media releases, and other information for media


Working at the Royal Commission

Information for people interested in working for the Royal Commission