About the Royal Commission
How the Royal Commission works
The Royal Commission is independent of all Australian governments. 3 Royal Commissioners have been appointed. They will inquire into and investigate the matters referred to in the terms of reference and make recommendations.
The Commissioners use:
- private sessions,
- hearings; and
to investigate the issues set out in the terms of reference.
- We began on 8 July 2021
- Interim Report handed to the Governor General on 11 August 2022
- Private session applications closed on 28 April 2023
- Submissions close 13 October 2023
- Final Report due by 17 June 2024
Anyone who has lived experience relating to the Royal Commission can make a submission and contribute to the work of the Royal Commission. Other members of the public, organisations and interested parties can also make submissions and contribute.
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Under the Letters Patent, the Royal Commissioners are required to submit:
- an interim report by 11 August 2022. This report provided commentary on:
- summary of work undertaken
- preliminary observations
- recommendations about urgent and immediate issues
- a final report and their recommendations no later than 17 June 2024.
These reports will outline the results of the investigation and the Commissioner’s recommendations.
For more factsheets and other downloadable resources about the Commission – see our resources page.