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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:

  • submissions,
  • private sessions,
  • hearings; and
  • research

to investigate the issues set out in the terms of reference.

Key dates

  • 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 closed on 13 October 2023
  • Final Report due by 17 June 2024


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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.