To aid its investigation, the Commission is conducting public hearings in Brisbane and Bundaberg. Information on scheduled hearing dates is available here.

Hearings are open to the public. You can also follow the proceedings via a live streamed broadcast.   

The Commission has published Practice Guidelines to explain how key aspects of the inquiry will be conducted such as public hearings, leave to appear and written submissions. You can register an interest in receiving updates via email.


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:

  • a schedule of hearings
  • information about witnesses and seeking leave to appear
  • options for making a written submission
  • details of any exhibits and transcripts
  • support available for people with a disability at hearings.