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The Royal Commission is publishing submissions made by members of the public and organisations, covering a range of issues relating to the Commission’s terms of reference.

These published submissions highlight the themes, suggestions, experiences and issues that have been shared with the Royal Commission. Every single submission is read, carefully reviewed, recorded, and used to inform the Royal Commission's inquiry.

You can view the submissions in the pages below.

Submissions opened on 8 July 2021, and closed on 13 October 2023. In that time, the Commission received over 5000 submissions that covered a range of issues related to the Royal Commission’s terms of reference.

The Royal Commission will continue to publish submissions into 2024.

The Commissioners thank those who have made submissions for sharing their important stories, knowledge and information – your stories have been heard.

These submissions are published without any adoption or endorsement by the Royal Commission and without any comment by the Royal Commission on the material contained in them.

The submissions shared here have been published with the consent of the author. If you say the Commission can publish your submission it may be shared on the website, in public reports, in papers, at hearings or in other forums. Submissions can be published under your name or anonymously – it is up to you whether your name is shared along with your story. If you share another person’s story, such as a family member, friend or colleague, we encourage you to seek their permission before doing so. The Commission will not publish submissions sharing the story of another living person without that person’s consent.

Due to the nature of the submissions received, not all submissions can be published. The Royal Commission reserves the right not to publish certain submissions or to redact information within a submission. This includes circumstances where the information is not relevant to the terms of reference, or where matters are graphic/distressing or where there are privacy concerns about the information included.

Content Warning: Please be aware that images and descriptions contained within public submissions published on this website could be confronting to some. If you require support you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

The Royal Commission is committed to ensuring that all submissions published on the website are suitable for external release. The process of reviewing, redacting, ensuring that the content is suitable for publication and finally uploading the submissions is extensive and can be lengthy. This will be an ongoing process and will continue to be carried out throughout the life of the Royal Commission.

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