The Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program was established on 12 December 2013 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, on the advice of the Federal Executive Council.
Mr Ian Hanger AM QC was appointed as the Royal Commissioner to inquire into the Australian Government's Home Insulation Program, in accordance with the terms of the inquiry. In particular, the Royal Commissioner was asked to consider:
- the process by which the Australian Government made decisions about the establishment and implementation of the Program, including how workplace health and safety and other risks relating to the Program were identified, assessed and managed
- whether the Australian Government had sufficient regard for risks, including workplace health and safety risks and whether the Australian Government dealt with warnings or information about risks adequately
- whether the deaths of Mr Fuller, Mr Barnes, Mr Sweeney and Mr Wilson could have been avoided if the Australian Government had taken a different approach to identifying, assessing or managing workplace health and safety risk
- the effects of the Program on the families of Mr Fuller, Mr Barnes, Mr Sweeney and Mr Wilson, and
- the effects of the Program on pre-existing home insulation businesses.
Mr Hanger was to provide the Governor-General with a report of the Royal Commission's findings and recommendations on or before 31 August 2014, including recommendations about whether the Australian Government should change its laws, policies, practices, processes, procedures or systems to seek to prevent the recurrence of any failure identified by the inquiry.
This is the final report from the Commission.