Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Royal Commission?
A Royal Commission is a public inquiry. In Australia, Royal Commissions are the highest form of inquiry on matters of public importance.
Why is a Royal Commission different from other inquiries?
A Royal Commission has broad powers to gather information to assist with its inquiry. The Royal Commission has the power to summons witnesses to appear before it and the power to request individuals or organisations produce documents as evidence.
How does the Royal Commission decide what it investigates?
The terms of reference sets out the key areas of investigation for the Royal Commission as well as the timeline by which the inquiry must be completed.
What is a submission?
A submission is a statement to the Royal Commission which assists the Commission in its collection of information that is relevant to the inquiry as set out in the terms of reference.
What if English isn't my first language?
The Royal Commission accepted submissions in languages other than English. We also have information in other languages available on our website.
The Royal Commission can provide an interpreter service for calls on the inquiry line: 1800 960 711.
When will submissions close?
Submissions closed on Friday 31 July 2020.
Can I publish my own submission on my website or elsewhere?
Yes, you are free to publish and share your own submission once you have sent it to the Royal Commission.
Why was my submission not published on the Royal Commission website?
Due to the volume and nature of submissions received, not all submissions were published. The Royal Commission reserved the right not to publish certain submissions or to redact information within a submission. This included circumstances where the information was not relevant to the issues in question, where matters were subject to a non-publication order or where there were privacy concerns about the information included.
How can I find out when hearings are on?
Public hearings have now finished. To view previous hearing dates and the topics examined by the Commission, check the Hearings page on the website.
Why was I not called to be a witness at a Royal Commission hearing?
At hearings and workshops the Royal Commission heard from people identified by Counsel Assisting to appear as a witness and give evidence. While the Royal Commission heard evidence from over 600 witnesses, not all individuals that made a submission could appear at a public hearing.
Why did the Royal Commission hold workshops?
The Royal Commission held hearings in the form of workshops to gather evidence in a less formal setting than the public hearings held in 2019.
Workshops were used to test propositions and ideas with panels of witnesses focussed on a specific issue or topic.
To learn more about Royal Commission workshops, visit our workshops page.
Why did the Royal Commission hold community forums?
The community forums gave members of the public a chance to hear firsthand about the work of the Commission and to offer their ideas on the challenges and strengths of aged care services and the opportunities to improve those services. The forums allowed people to engage with the Royal Commission in a less formal way than in public hearings and submissions.
You can read about our community forums on the website.
What do I do if I have a complaint about aged care or an issue with a specific provider that needs attention now?
If you want to make a complaint about the quality of aged care services being delivered to a person right now, you can contact the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission on 1800 951 822 or visit the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission website.