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Hearings

 

 

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

Hearings will be conducted at various cities and regional centres across Australia, including the following upcoming hearings:

  • Hearing Block 5, Townsville, from 20 June 2022
  • Hearing Block 6, Hobart, from 1 August 2022
  • Hearing Block 7, Darwin, from 17 October 2022

Registration for Hearing Block 5, Townsville is now open.

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Please note these are indicative dates and may be subject to change. Venue locations for each of the hearings will be provided closer to the date.

Further information will be provided about other hearing locations and dates when they become available.

Public registration is now open for Hearing Block 4, Canberra

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People are 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.

While there is a requirement for participants to apply for a private session by Friday 28 April 2023, the Royal Commission will continue to hold private sessions until at least the end of December 2023.

For more information about the private session process, read our factsheet A guide to your private session.

A person or organisation may seek Leave to Appear at a public hearing of the Royal Commission if they wish to actively participate in the public hearing in a capacity other than as a witness, or have a legal representative participate on their behalf. For example, someone with Leave to Appear at a hearing might instruct their legal representative to ask witnesses questions or make submissions on how the Commissioners should interpret the law and/or evidence.

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.

Leave to Appear is different to other forms of engagement with the Royal Commission and will only be only granted in limited circumstances where the person or organisation has a direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the hearing (see Practice Guideline 2). Importantly, it is not necessary to seek Leave to Appear to share your experience with the Royal Commission. That can be done in a number of other ways, including by making a submission.

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.

Everyone who makes an application for Leave to Appear will be notified of the outcome of their application.

For more information about Leave to Appear, please download our Leave to Appear Guidance Note.

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

The Commission will continue to accept submissions until 13 October 2023. 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.

  • Ceremonial Hearing, Brisbane, 26 November 2021
  • Hearing Block 1, Brisbane, 29 November – 10 December 2021
  • Hearing Block 2, Sydney, 14 February – 18 February 2022
  • Hearing Block 3, Sydney, 7 March – 17 March 2022
  • Hearing Block 4, Canberra, 4 April – 14 April 2022
  • Hearing Block 5, Townsville, from 20 June 2022
  • Hearing Block 6, Hobart, from 1 August 2022
  • Hearing Block 7, Darwin, from 17 October 2022

Please note these are indicative dates and may be subject to change. Venue locations for each of the hearings will be provided closer to the date.

Further information will be provided about other hearing locations and dates when they become available.

Hearing Block 5, Townsville

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is conducting Hearing Block 5 at the Mercure Hotel Townsville from Monday 20 June.

Hearing Block 4, Canberra

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide conducted its Hearing Block 4 at the Canberra Rex Hotel from Monday 4 April – Thursday 14 April 2022.

Hearing Block 3, Sydney

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide conducted its Hearing Block 3 at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Hotel from Monday 7 March – Thursday 17 March 2022.

Hearing Block 2, Sydney

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide conducted its Hearing Block 2 at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Hotel from Monday 14 February – Friday 18 February 2022.

Hearing Block 1, Brisbane

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

Ceremonial Hearing, Brisbane

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