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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.

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.

The Commission is accepting public submissions on Australia’s preparedness for, and response to, natural disasters drawing on what many Australians experienced during the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Individuals, organisations, community groups and the broader community are welcome to make submissions. The information provided to the Royal Commission will assist the Commission in its work. 

A submission is a statement to the Royal Commission which assists the Commission in collecting information that is relevant to the inquiry as set out in the terms of reference.

You can make a submission online.

If you prefer not to make a submission online, you can call 1800 909 826 to make a verbal submission over the phone, or to request a hard copy submission form be mailed to you for completion and return.

Submissions will close Friday 17 April 2020

Terms of Reference

Terms of reference outline the scope of an inquiry and the issues the Royal Commission will consider.

The terms of reference for this Royal Commission are included in the Letters Patent.