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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.

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 Update

In accordance with the Federal Government’s health advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements is working to adjust its operations.  

Current social distancing requirements mean it is no longer possible for the Commission to conduct its work face-to-face without exposing the community to unnecessary risk.

The Commissioners are committed to ensuring this important work continues and will use the technology available to further consult and gather information within the public health guidelines. This means examining options for digital, rather than in-person engagement.

In line with current health advice to limit public gatherings, the Commission has also suspended its community forums to help prevent any potential exposure to the virus.

As a result, the Commission will extend the public submission period by two weeks to 17 April 2020.

The Commission will continue to monitor and assess the risk in line with public health advice.

If you would like further information about steps the Royal Commission is taking to address Coronavirus, please call 1800 909 826 or email the Commission.

Information and advice about Coronavirus is available online.

 

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Sometimes referred to as the ‘Bushfires Royal Commission’, the Commission will examine 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 inquiry will also consider the legal framework for Commonwealth involvement in responding to national emergencies.

The Commission is now accepting public submissions on the 2019-20 bushfire season from individuals, community groups and the broader community.

You can make a submission on our Submissions page.

You can also download the form and post it to the Commission or call 1800 909 826 to make a submission over the phone.

Submissions will close on Friday, 17 April 2020.

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About the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements is sometimes referred to as the ‘Bushfires Royal Commission’. The Commission was established on 20 February 2020 following the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20.

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.

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.