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Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

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Interim observations and draft propositions published

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has published its interim observations. A series of draft propositions is also available.

Welcome to the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was established on 20 February 2020 in response to the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20 which resulted in loss of life, property and wildlife and environmental destruction.

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Coronavirus COVID-19

Find out how the Royal Commission is addressing the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. You can also call 1800 909 826 or email the Commission.

Public hearings

The Commission held hearings to gather evidence about coordination, preparedness for, response to and recovery from disasters as well as improving resilience and adapting to changing climatic conditions and mitigating the impact of natural disasters. The Commission will also consider the legal framework for Commonwealth involvement in responding to national emergencies.

See more information on completed hearings

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2019-20 Bushfire History Project

The 2019-20 Bushfire History Project is an initiative of the Royal Commission into the National Natural Disaster Arrangements. It is an opportunity for people to record their personal experience and share photos and videos taken during the 2019-20 bushfires or the ongoing recovery. The material received by the Royal Commission will form part of the official records of the Royal Commission. 

Contribute your photos and videos

Learn more about the Royal Commission

Read about the Royal Commission in Plain English

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Rural Fire Service vehicles driving through a bushfire at night

Fast facts

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submissions made to date

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calls/queries to the information line

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responses to Commission issues papers

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Terms of reference

The terms of reference outline the scope of an inquiry and the issues the National Natural Disaster Arrangements Royal Commission will consider in response to the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20.

Frequently asked questions

FAQs about the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, have your questions answered on the submissions process, community forums, hearings, accessibility, making a complaint and more.

Contact

Do you want to contact the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements? The Commission, also known as the ‘Bushfires Royal Commission’, can be contacted by phone, email or post.

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.