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At hearings in the form of workshops the Royal Commission heard from a panel of witnesses identified as having relevant evidence and expertise to share. Workshops provided a space for discussions between witnesses, Counsel Assisting and the Commissioners as they tested propositions and ideas in preparation for the final report. People that were expected to appear as witnesses were contacted by the Royal Commission in advance of the relevant workshop.

The Royal Commission published details of workshops on this page to assist witnesses, participants, the public and media. Visit this page for more information for witnesses.

Workshop details


Royal Commission workshops are open to the public although seating is very limited. It is advised that the public and media observe workshops online through a live streamed service on this site. If you would like to receive an e-mail when any developments are announced, you can join our mailing list.

Future workshops

  • The dates and locations of any potential future workshops will be announced as arrangements are finalised.

Previous workshops

Workshop FAQs

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.

Yes, workshops were public.

Group discussions between panels of individuals were facilitated by Counsel Assisting and presided over by the Commissioners. Individual participants were not examined in the same way as in ordinary hearings, but were questioned where useful to test propositions or to expand on views expressed.

Workshops are hearings of the Royal Commission and the provisions of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) and the Royal Commissions Regulations 2019 (Cth) relevant to hearings and witnesses apply to workshops.

Workshops are less formal than the public hearings. They will not be conducted in a hearing room setting. Unlike public hearings, witnesses do not prepare witness statements.

Workshops are more formal and structured than roundtables, which are largely discussions between the Commissioners, stakeholders and academics.

Counsel Assisting facilitate dialogue between workshop participants. Unlike roundtables, participants in workshops are witnesses and the information they provide is evidence.

Unlike roundtables, workshops are conducted publicly. They are live-streamed and the transcripts are published on the Royal Commission’s website.

Panel sizes vary. Panels are convened with as few as two or three and as many as nine individuals.

Workshop participants are selected based on a range of factors, including their:

  • submissions to the Royal Commission
  • responses to consultation papers
  • experience or expertise
  • past engagement with the Royal Commission.

Yes, the Royal Commission published the details of workshops, including participants, in advance of each workshop.

Yes, workshops are transcribed and the transcript is published on the Royal Commission’s website.

Yes, workshops are live-streamed on the Royal Commission’s website and the video is made publicly available.

Yes, strictly limited to documents that were referred to by Counsel Assisting at the workshop.