To aid its investigation, the Commission has conducted public hearings. Hearings held in Bundaberg and Brisbane have concluded. Information on hearings held is available here.
Because of public health directives concerning the COVID-19 virus, the April hearing was held using virtual meeting technologies. Parties making final oral submissions participated remotely. All hearings are streamed through the website.
The inquiry’s terms of reference together with the Commission’s practice guidelines will help explain how hearings will be conducted.
For example, the Commissioners may hear oral evidence or invite written submissions from witnesses and individuals or organisations with information they consider relevant to the inquiry.
The Commission is planning public hearings for the receipt of oral evidence to be held in the Bundaberg region and Brisbane in the first quarter of 2020. Hearings for closing submissions will be scheduled and advertised widely once venues, witnesses and dates are confirmed.
It’s vital that anyone seeking leave to appear before the Commission or make a submission familiarises themselves with practice directions. We intend to notify interested parties and the community when updates become available on our website.
You can expect to see further information about the hearings such as: