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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.

Visit the Coronavirus COVID-19 information page to read more.

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Sharing your experiences with the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, sometimes known as the ‘Bushfire Royal Commission’, is examining how Australia is prepared and coordinated across the Commonwealth, States and Territories to respond to bushfires and other natural disasters as well as mitigation and recovery.

Throughout March, Chair Mark Binskin AC and Commissioners Annabelle Bennett AC SC and Professor Andrew Macintosh visited South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia to speak with fire affected communities and observe firsthand the effects of the recent bushfires.

The Commissioners met with a small group of people in each location who were representative of the communities affected by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.

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Community forums planned for the ACT, Tasmania and NSW Hunter region as well as the Wingecaribee, Queanbeyan-Palerang and Toowong local government areas cannot go ahead, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

General public submissions closed on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

The 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.

The Commission invites people to:

  1. Contribute videos or photographs taken during the 2019-20 bushfires or the ongoing recovery and/or
  2. Submit a short video account explaining what you experienced during the bushfires.

Visit the 2019-20 Bushfire History Project page to read more and contribute your story.

Contact us

If you have questions about this Royal Commission including how you can engage with us and our work, you can contact:

The information line operates from 9:00am-5:00pm (AEST/AEDT) Monday-Friday except public holidays.

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Previous visits

The Royal Commission has visited the following locations:

  • Adelaide Hills, South Australia - Tuesday 3 March 2020
  • Kangaroo Island, South Australia - Wednesday 4 March 2020
  • Lithgow, New South Wales – Wednesday 11 March 2020
  • Marcoola, Queensland – Wednesday 11 March 2020
  • Tenterfield, New South Wales – Thursday 12 March 2020
  • Casino, New South Wales – Thursday 12 March 2020
  • Darwin, Northern Territory – Thursday 12 March 2020
  • Swan Valley, Western Australia – Friday 13 March 2020
  • Ulladulla, New South Wales – Tuesday  17 March 2020
  • Batemans Bay, New South Wales – Wednesday 18 March 2020
  • Bega, New South Wales – Wednesday 18  March 2020
  • Eden, New South Wales – Thursday 19 March 2020
  • Mallacoota, Victoria – Thursday 19 March 2020
  • Orbost, Victoria – Friday 20 March 2020
  • Tumbarumba, New South Wales – Friday 20 March 2020