Frequently asked questions

What are hearings?

Hearings are formal proceedings in which witnesses give evidence, under oath or affirmation, about events and issues that are relevant to the Terms of Reference.

Further information about the hearings can be found at Practice Guideline 1 – Public Hearings [PDF, 179 KB].

How can I participate?

You can attend hearings in person or view them online.

All public hearings will be streamed live on this website.

There may be media present at the public hearings and vision may be recorded. 

By attending the public hearings, you give consent to be filmed. 

Please contact the Senior Media Advisor if you do not wish to be recorded.

What it means to be a witness?

Many different types of people are asked to give evidence at a hearing.

While public hearings serve an important role in highlighting and exploring specific issues into which the Inquiry is investigating, they are not the only way to contribute to the work of the Inquiry.

More information on how you can make a submission or provide information can be found at Contact Us.

If you are giving evidence at a hearing, the Inquiry will offer you information and support before, during and after the hearing. We can give you advice and information on:

  • where the public hearing is being held
  • what your obligations are as a witness and what is expected of you
  • the public nature of hearings and the role of the media
  • any special arrangements for a hearing
  • the hearing room and protocols

We can also refer you to counselling and other support options, both on the day of the hearing and at other times. More information is available at Counselling and support


It is important to the Commission that the hearings are accessible and the hearings documents, such as transcripts and witness statements, are made available in a range of formats.

If you have accessibility requirements, please contact our team. Please call +61 2 9228 4855 or email us.