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Hearings

 

 

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will be conducting hearings to collect evidence relevant to its inquiry.

Private sessions

People are being invited to share their experiences and register for a private session.

This is an opportunity to meet a Commissioner as they consider any changes that are needed to help veterans and their supporters.

These sessions will begin in November and continue for the duration of the Royal Commission.

Leave to Appear at a public hearing

Prior to each hearing, the Royal Commission will invite people and organisations who may have a direct and substantial interest in a particular hearing to make an application for leave to appear.

Leave to appear applications are typically made by people or organisations who are the subject of evidence before the Royal Commission. This may include individuals as well as service providers and government agencies.

Everyone who makes an application for leave to appear will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Apply for Leave to Appear

It is not necessary to apply for leave to appear to share your experience with the Royal Commission. That can be done, for example, in the form of a submission.

Submissions

Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission can do so.

The Commission will accept submissions until at least the end of March 2022. The closing date will be confirmed later this year. Sharing your experiences will help the Commission understand:

  • Systemic issues among Defence and veteran deaths by suicide
  • Risk factors, and
  • The availability of support services

The Royal Commission cannot decide or resolve individual cases or award compensation.

You can subscribe to our mailing list to receive email updates from the Royal Commission, including details about public hearings.

Legal financial assistance is available to individuals and entities to assist with meeting the costs of legal representation and disbursements associated with engaging with the Royal Commission, including as a witness at a hearing.

Hearing Block 1, Brisbane

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will commence its Public Hearing Block 1 at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Monday 29 November 2021.

Date: 29 November 2021
Location: Brisbane Convention Centre
Time: 09:30 am – 4:00 pm AEST

Ceremonial Hearing, Brisbane

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will commence its proceedings with a Ceremonial Hearing at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Friday 26 November 2021.

Date: 26 November 2021
Location: Brisbane Convention Centre
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm AEST