Royal Commissions


Aboriginal deaths in custody: the Royal Commission and its records, 1987–97

This guide is the only comprehensive listing of the huge volume of records created by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The records include individual case files, submissions, research reports, the papers of the Commissioners and staff, the records of legal counsel, and...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is it a crime to attack a royal commissioner?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended Dyson Heydon's integrity and warned Labor MPs that it is a criminal offence to criticise a royal commissioner.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Can ASIC do the same job as a financial industry royal commission?

Labor promises to hold a royal commision into "misconduct in the banking and financial services industry". But Treasurer Scott Morrison claims there is nothing that ASIC can't do that a royal commission can do.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Brendan O'Connor incorrect on Cole royal commission cost

Opposition employment and workplace relations spokesman Brendan O'Connor claims the 2001 Building and Construction Industry Royal Commission cost $66 million, equating to $100 million in today's dollars.

Justice tempered

This report finds that the Australian finance sector’s concentration on profits at all costs compromises the ethical integrity of workers in the industry. The report argues that while the Banking Royal Commission uncovered widespread misconduct in Australia’s banking and financial services sector, it failed to...
Discussion paper

Rights and attitudes: issues paper

This issues paper looks at the awareness and recognition of the rights of people with disability. The Commission wants to learn more about the level of awareness that people with disability, and the wider community, have about the rights of people with disability.

Report of case study no. 28: Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat

At the time of the public hearing some clergy and religious who were considered in the case study were the subject of criminal investigations or charges. Where the Royal Commission considered it appropriate to do so, those individuals were given a pseudonym so as not...

First interim report of the Joint Select Committee on implementation of the National Redress Scheme April 2020

The establishment of the National Redress Scheme in 2018 has made a symbolic and practical contribution to the pursuit of justice for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. However, as this interim report demonstrates, much more needs to be done to improve the experience of...
Discussion paper

Emergency planning and response: issues paper

Australia is currently in the midst of an unprecedented emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic, following the summer bushfire crisis. The purpose of this issues paper is to invite information from the public on emergency planning and response.

Report of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor as at 1 November 2019

This is a report on monitoring of the Victorian Government’s implementation of family violence reforms as at 1 November 2019. The specific priority areas selected were Specialist Family Violence Courts, the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework, The Orange Door, perpetrator accountability and the voices...