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Current Royal Commissions

The content on this website is about recent Royal Commissions which have now concluded. For further information and updates about current Royal Commissions, visit the Commissions’ websites using the links below:

Current Royal Commissions

The content on this website is about recent Royal Commissions which have now concluded. For further information and updates about current Royal Commissions, visit the Commissions’ websites using the links below:

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About Royal Commissions

This page provides an overview of what a Royal Commission is, how and when one is established, and has information about current Royal Commissions established by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

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Read the reports

The document library includes reports produced by Royal Commissions established by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia since January 2013. It can be filtered by document type and by Royal Commission.

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Historical list

A list of all Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry appointed by the Australian Government from 1902 is available on the Parliament of Australia website.

Recent Royal Commissions

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Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd), to inquire into the quality of aged care services in Australia, whether those services are meeting the needs of the community, and how they can be improved in the future.
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National Natural Disaster Arrangements

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was established on 20 February 2020 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), in response to the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20 which resulted in loss of life, property and wildlife and environmental destruction.
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Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was established on 14 December 2017 by former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd) to enquire into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry.
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Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established on 11 January 2013 by the former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, in response to allegations of sexual abuse of children in institutional contexts that had been emerging in Australia for many years.

The Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

The Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory was established on 1 August 2016 by former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd), to enable the swift inquiry into the treatment of children detained in detention facilities and child protection in the Northern Territory.
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Trade Union Governance and Corruption

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption was established on 13 March 2014 by the former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO to enquire into and report upon the governance arrangements of separate entities established by employee associations or their officers.