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Hearings

The Commission is holding 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.

The information provided during the Royal Commission hearings will assist the Commission in its work. The Commission will contact people who are expected to appear as witnesses in advance of the relevant hearing.

Hearings are conducted electronically in accordance with Practice Guideline 4.

All hearings of the Royal Commission are recorded and streamed live on the Commission webcast.

Hearing Block 4 – Canberra

Hearing Block 4 for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements will be held in Canberra during the week commencing 21 September 2020.

Further information regarding the themes for Hearing Block 4 will be published prior to the hearings.

Hearing Block 3 – Canberra

Hearing Block 3 for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was held in Canberra from Monday, 3 August 2020. This third round of hearings focused on national coordination, including:

  • Situational awareness
  • Decision making
  • Resource sharing
  • Response to COVID-19

Hearing Block 2 – Canberra

Hearing Block 2 for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was held in Canberra commencing Tuesday, 16 June 2020. This second round of hearings focused on:

  • Hazard reduction
  • Local government
  • State and territory governments
  • Australian Government

Hearing Block 1 – Canberra

Hearing Block 1 for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was held in Canberra from Monday, 25 May 2020.

This initial round of hearings was focused on:

  • The changing global climate and natural disaster risks.
  • The impact of the 2019-20 bushfires on communities, and the built and natural environments.
  • Responsibilities of the Commonwealth in relation to natural disaster arrangements.

Ceremonial Hearing

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements commenced its proceedings with an online Ceremonial Hearing on Thursday, 16 April 2020.