Melbourne Hearing 2

Diversity in aged care

The Royal Commission will hold a four-day public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 7 October to Wednesday 9 October 2019, and on Friday  11 October 2019. At this public hearing, the Royal Commission will inquire into diversity in aged care, with a focus on:

  • people with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • people who identify as being lesbian gay bisexual transgender intersex (LGBTI)
  • care leavers, being people who spent time in care as a child, including institutional and out of home care arrangements
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people (with a particular focus on people living in urban areas)
  • people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • veterans.

The Royal Commission will explore how an aged care system can be designed to meet the needs of all people, including those from diverse backgrounds.

Public Submission

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

Leave to appear

Applications for leave to appear at the public hearing from anyone who considers that they have a direct and substantial interest in the public hearing must be received by 5pm (ACST) on Friday 27 September 2019.

Individuals who have been invited or required to give evidence at the public hearing are invited to make an application for leave to appear. Any application for leave to appear will be determined in accordance with Practice Guideline 3 and must be made using the Royal Commission's application form.

Practice Guideline 3 and the application for leave to appear form are available for download below:

Further assistance

If you are having difficulty viewing any of the documents on this page, or require an accessible format, please email

If you are unable to communicate via email please phone the Royal Commission on 1800 960 711 to make alternative arrangements.