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Information about past Royal Commissions, including the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, can be found on the Royal Commissions website.

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.

To comply with current COVID-19 health measures, hearings were conducted as electronic hearings with proceedings live-streamed on the webcast. You can also access previous hearings or read the transcripts below.

Learn more about our hearings on the Frequently Asked Questions page.