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Introduction

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

The Letters Patent for the Royal Commission set out the terms of reference and formally appoint Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC (Retd), the Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC and Professor Andrew Macintosh as Royal Commissioners.

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.

Published 28 October 2020

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020

ISBN: 978-1-921091-45-2 (Print)

ISBN: 978-1-921091-46-9 (Online)

With the exception of the Coat of Arms and where otherwise stated, all material presented in this publication is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. For the avoidance of doubt, this means this licence only applies to material as set out in this document.

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The terms under which the Coat of Arms can be used are detailed on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Artwork

Cover design features Awelye Sugarbag, an original artwork by Indigenous artist Annie Hunter Petyarre. Annie began painting in the late 80s. Her work is included in the National Gallery of Australia collection. Annie’s paintings have also featured in exhibitions across Australia and in the United Kingdom. Annie comes from a family of renowned artists whose work reflects their story and Arawerre country.

The photograph showing regeneration after a bushfire was taken by Scott Gibbons in Coonabarabran, NSW.

After the letter of transmittal

The photograph of the memorial was taken by Ethan Jones in Horsley Park, NSW.

On the rear leaf

The photograph showing regeneration after a bushfire was taken by the Royal Commission on the South Coast, NSW.

Photo of the letter of transmittal

memorial among flowers
The photograph of the memorial was taken by Ethan Jones in Horsley Park, NSW.
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