Private Sessions for Royal Commissions

Release Date: 
10 September 2019
Media release

Royal Commissions will be able to hear from individuals in private sessions under legislation passed in Parliament 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.

“Today’s legislation means these important stories will be heard and more people will be able to share their experiences in a private and supported environment,” Assistant Minister Morton said.

“And we know it works. Private sessions made an important contribution to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“It is important that individuals who share highly sensitive and personal information in a private session feel confident in the process.”

Once the Bill has received Royal Assent, the Government will be able to recommend to the Governor‑General that private sessions be made available to the Aged Care Royal Commission and the Disability Royal Commission.