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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.


General public submissions closed on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

The Royal Commission received more than 1,700 public submissions on Australia's preparedness for, and response to, natural disasters drawing on what many Australians experienced during the 2019-20 bushfire season.

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

Individuals, organisations, community groups and the broader community were invited to make submissions on the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Read the published submissions.

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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.