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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 9 September 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 9 September 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.