Hearings

At hearings the Royal Commission will hear from people identified by Counsel Assisting to appear as a witness and give evidence. People who are expected to appear as witnesses will be contacted by the Royal Commission in advance of the relevant hearing.

The Royal Commission will publish details of hearings on this page to assist parties, witnesses and members of the public.
*All times listed below are in the local time of the hearing location.

Hobart Hearing

Date: 11 - 15 November 2019

Location: TBC

Time: 9:30am local time

Aged care operations of selected Approved Providers

The Hobart Hearing will inquire into the operations of selected Approved Providers that operate residential aged care facilities in Tasmania and elsewhere in Australia.

Guidance on how to make a submission to the Royal Commission can be found on the Submissions page.

Mudgee Hearing

Date: 4 - 6 November 2019

Location: TBC

Time: 9:30am local time

Provision of aged care in regional areas

The Mudgee Hearing will inquire into arrangements for and issues associated with the provision of aged care services in regional areas, including Multi-Purpose Services. The Hearing will have a particular focus on aged care services in the Mudgee region.

Guidance on how to make a submission to the Royal Commission can be found on the Submissions page.

Melbourne Hearing 3

Date: 14 – 18 October 2019

Location: Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 9:30am local time

Aged care workforce

Melbourne hearing 3 will inquire into the aged care workforce, with a focus on how to enhance capacity and how to make the aged care sector a more attractive and rewarding place to work.

The Royal Commission has approached the bodies and individuals from whom it seeks evidence for this public hearing.

Further information is available on the Melbourne Hearing 3 page.

Melbourne Hearing 2

Date: 7 – 11 October 2019

Location: Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 9:30am local time

Diversity in aged care

Melbourne hearing 2 will inquire into diversity in aged care, including culturally and linguistically diverse people, LGBTI groups, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, care leavers, veterans, and the homeless or those at risk of homelessness.

The Royal Commission has approached the bodies and individuals from whom it seeks evidence for this public hearing.

Further information is available on the Melbourne Hearing 2 page.

Melbourne Hearing 1

Date: 9 – 11 September and 13 September 2019

Location: Ceremonial Court room, Level 3, County Court, 250 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 10:00am local time

Younger people in residential aged care

Melbourne hearing 1 will inquire into younger people in residential aged care, with a focus on impact, drivers and appropriateness of allocation policy as well as how to best support young people wishing to leave residential aged care.

The Royal Commission has approached the bodies and individuals from whom it seeks evidence for this public hearing.

Further information is available on the Melbourne Hearing 1 page.

A live webcast of the hearing will be available.

Brisbane Hearing

Date: 5 – 9 August 2019

Location: Court 7, Level 2, Commonwealth Law Courts, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 119 North Quay, Brisbane

Time: 9:30am local time

Regulation of aged care

The Brisbane hearing inquired into the regulation of aged care, with a focus on quality and safety and how aspects of the current regulatory system operate.

Further information is available on the Brisbane Hearing page.

Transcripts are available for each hearing day.

Mildura Hearing

Date: 29 – 31 July 2019

Location: Mildura Arts Centre, 199 Cureton Ave Mildura VIC 3500

Time: 10:00am local time 

Carers for older Australians

The Mildura hearing looked at the needs of family, informal and unpaid carers for older Australians, including support services for carers and respite care.

Further information is available on the Mildura Hearing page.

Transcripts are available for each hearing day.

Darwin and Cairns Hearing

Cairns: 15 July – 17 July 2019

Location: Cairns Convention Centre - Sheridan St & Wharf St, Cairns City QLD 4870
Time: 10:00am local time

Darwin: 8 July – 12 July 2019

Location: Supreme Court Building, State Square, Darwin City NT 8000
Time: 10:00am local time

Access to aged care and clinical care

The Cairns hearing focused on aspects of care in residential, home and flexible aged care programs and examined rural and regional issues and quality of life for individuals in care.

Further information is available on the Darwin and Cairns Hearing page.

Transcripts for Darwin and Cairns are available for each hearing day.

Perth Hearing

Date: 24 June – 28 June 2019

Location: Commonwealth Law Courts - 1 Victoria Avenue, Perth WA 6000

Time: 9:30am local time

Person-centred care

The Perth hearing of the Royal Commission inquired into the nature of person-centred care, advanced care planning and palliative care services.

Further information is available on the Perth Hearing page.

Transcripts are available for each hearing day.

Broome Hearing

Date: 17 June – 19 June 2019

Location: Broome Civic Centre, Jimmy Chi Hall, 27 Weld Street, Broome, WA 6725

Time: 9:30am local time

Access and inclusion

The Broome hearing of the Royal Commission focused on care in remote areas, unique care needs of Indigenous Australians and issues of access and inclusion.

Further information is available on the Broome Hearing page.

Transcripts are available for each hearing day.

Sydney Hearing

Date: 6 May – 8 May 2019 and 13 May – 17 May 2019

Location: Court 7C, Level 7, Lionel Bowen Law Building, 97-99 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

Time: 10:00am local time

Dementia care and residential care

The Sydney hearing of the Royal Commission inquired into residential aged care, with a focus on care for people living with dementia.

Further information is available on the Sydney Hearing page.

Transcripts are available for each hearing day.

Adelaide Hearing 2

Date: 18 – 22 March 2019

Location: Court 11, Level 3, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts, 3 Angas St, Adelaide SA 5000

Time: 10:00am local time

Aged care in the home

The second Adelaide hearing of the Royal Commission focused on aged care in the home.

Further information is available on the Adelaide Hearing 2 page.

Transcripts are available for each hearing day.

Adelaide Hearing 1

Date: 11 February – 13 February 2019 and 18 February – 22 February 2019

Location: Court 11, Level 3, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts, 3 Angas St, Adelaide SA 5000

Time: 10:00am local time

Perspectives on the aged care system as it presently exists

The first Adelaide hearing of the Royal Commission heard about key features of the aged care, quality, safety and complaints system, about how that system works in practice and at a general level.

Further information is available on Adelaide Hearing 1 page.

Transcripts are available for each hearing day.

Preliminary Hearing
(Adelaide)

Date: 18 January 2019

Location: Courtroom 11, Level 3, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building, 3 Angas Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Time: 10:00am local time

A preliminary hearing about the operation of the Royal Commission

No applications for leave to appear will be entertained. No witnesses will be called.

Transcripts of the Preliminary Hearing are available on the Transcripts page.

Future Hearings in 2019

The Royal Commission will conduct hearings in all capital cities and a number of regional locations.

The Commission anticipates hearings will take place in the weeks commencing: 9 December 2019. The location of each hearing will be announced progressively during the year as arrangements are finalised. Please note that these dates are subject to change.

Royal Commission hearings will be open to the public although seating will be limited. Hearings will also be streamed live through this site.

Note: Please allow at least 30-45 minutes for security screening if you are planning to attend the hearing. This is important to ensure thorough security procedures are accommodated and timely arrival at the hearing.

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