Private Sessions for Royal Commissions

Release Date: 
31 July 2019
Media release

Subject to passage in the Senate, Royal Commissions will be able to hear from individuals in private sessions under legislation passed in the House of Representatives today.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Hon Ben Morton MP, said this legislation will empower more people to tell their personal stories to assist the work of Royal Commissions.

The Government will make a recommendation to the Governor-General that private sessions be used by the Aged Care Royal Commission and the Disability Royal Commission, subject to passage in the Senate.

“The Aged Care and Disability Royal Commissions are examining challenging and confronting issues. It might take courage for individuals to come forward – especially for those having to relive difficult memories,” the Assistant Minister said.

“Today’s legislation means that important stories will not be lost and that more people will be able to provide information in a private and supported environment.”

“And we know it works. Private sessions were a key element in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and meant that personal stories could be told in private sessions”