Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry

This list includes all Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry (the nomenclature varies) appointed by the Australian Government from 1902, under the provisions of the Royal Commissions Act 1902.  It does not include Royal Commissions appointed by Australian state or territory governments, unless the Australian Government was also involved.

For background on Royal Commissions, see the inquiry into the Royal Commissions Act conducted by the Australian Law Reform Commission in 2009.

Reports column: indicates the location of the report in the Parliamentary Papers Series, held at major libraries. The annotation "tabled not printed" designates reports presented to Parliament which are not ordered by Parliament to be printed. Whilst these are parliamentary papers, they do not form part of the Parliamentary Papers Series. Some of these items were published separately, and some have what is known as a List Number which is relevant only for Parliamentary Library staff. Some unpublished reports are held by the National Archives of Australia; in some of these cases, the location symbol NAA is used. Reports are also available in the Senate Tabled Papers Database. Using the pull down 'Description' window, select 'Royal or other commission report'.

State column: indicates Royal Commissions which were appointed both by the Commonwealth and the states/territories named.

 

Title

Date of Letters Patent–Date Final Report Presented

Commissioners

Report (Year / Volume / Pages)

State

Royal Commission appointed to inquire into and report upon the arrangements made for the transport of troops returning from service in South Africa in the S.S. "Drayton Grange" ...

12 August–9 October 1902

A. McLean (Chair), D. A. Gresswell , G. McGregor, D. Thomson , W. D. Williams

1901-02/II/119-35

 

Royal Commission on sites for the seat of government of the Commonwealth

14 January–17 July 1903

J. Kirkpatrick (Chair), A. W. Howitt, H. C. Stanley , G. Stewart

1903/II/211-320

 

Royal Commission on the Bonuses for Manufactures Bill

15 January 1903–2 March 1904

C. C. Kingston (Chair), E. N. C. Braddon, J. Cook, S. W. Cooke, G. W. Fuller, L. E. Groom, W. M. Hughes, J. W. Kirwan, J. W. McCay, S. Mauger, D. Watkins, J. C. Watson

1904/II/1407-1620

 

Royal Commission on the butter industry

11 April 1904–27 July 1905

G. C. Morison (Chair), G. Graham , H. G. Turner

1904/II/1621-31, 1905/II/1219-91

 

Royal Commission on the Navigation Bill

29 June 1904–14 June 1906

W. M. Hughes (Chair), G. B. Edwards, L. E. Groom, R. S. Guthrie, W. Knox, H. de Largie, J. Macfarlane, S. Mauger, D. Thomson

1906/III/1-1036, 1907-08/IV/1-59

 

Royal Commission on the affray at Goaribari Island, British New Guinea, on the 6th of March, 1904

25 July 1904–13 September 1904

C. E. R. Murray

1904/II/67-175

 

Royal Commission on customs and excise tariffs

12 December 1904–9 August 1907

J. Quick (Chair), F. Clarke, J. S. Clemons, J. M. Fowler, G. W. Fuller, W. G. Higgs, G. McGregor, T. Playford, G. W. Wamsley

1905/II/223-67, 1906/IV-V (whole vols ), 1907-08/IV/529-1673

 

Royal Commission on old-age pensions

27 February 1905–19 June 1906

A. Chapman (Chair), F. W. Bamford, L. Bonython, C. E. Frazer, J. P. Gray, H. W. Lee, K. O'Malley, J. Page, G. F. Pearce, T. Skene, S. Smith, J. Styles

1906/III/1435-1805, 1907-08/II/1251-1253

 

Royal Commission on the tobacco monopoly

30 December 1905–14 June 1906

G. F. Pearce (Chair), E. Findley, J. P. Gray, J. H. Keating, J. C. Stewart, W. H. Story, J. Styles

1906/III/1807-2234

 

Royal Commission on ocean shipping service

11 January–29 June 1906

J. Thomas (Chair), J. M. Chanter, J. Gibb, C. McDonald, H. Mahon, S. Smith, W. G. Spence, D. Storrer, H. Willis

1906/III/1037-1433

 

British New Guinea—Royal Commission of inquiry into the present conditions, including the method of government, of the Territory of Papua, and the best means of their improvement

27 August 1906–20 February 1907

J. A. K. MacKay (Chair), C. E. Herbert, W. E. Parry Okeden

1907/I/137-463

 

Royal Commission on secret drugs, cures, and foods

11 December 1906–8 August 1907

O. C. Beale

1907-08/IV/61-527

 

Royal Commission on postal services

22 June 1908–5 October 1910

J. H. Cook (Chair), H. de Largie, E. Mulcahy, C. C. Salmon, D. Storrer, W. Webster, W. H. Wilks

1910/IV-V (whole vols )

 

Royal Commission on insurance

15 December 1908–1 July 1910

J. H. Hood (Chair), G. H. Knibbs

1909/II/1393-94, 1910/II/1043-1346

 

Royal Commission on stripper harvesters and drills

15 December 1908–30 July 1909

A. Poynton (Chair), J. M. Chanter, G. W. Fuller, J. K. McDougall, S. Sampson

1909/II/1477-1874

 

Royal Commission on Tasmanian customs leakage

30 December 1910–3 October 1911

J. A. Jensen (Chair), F. W. Bamford, J. Forrest, W. J. Lyne, W. J. McWilliams, E. A. Roberts, A. Wynne, W. N. Hedges, S. Sampson

1911/III/853-1238

 

Royal Commission on the sugar industry

24 October 1911–4 December 1912

J. H. Gordon (Chair 1911–12), W. J. Brown (Chair 1912), R. M. M. Anderson, T. W. Crawford, A. Hinchcliffe, M. R. Shannon

1912/III/1035-1125, 1913/IV/1169-2316

 

Royal Commission on the pearl-shelling industry

3 April 1912–30 August 1916

F. W. Bamford (Chair), T. Givens, W. E. Johnson, W. J. McWilliams, H. Mahon, W. Maloney

1913/III/577-803, 1914-17/V/831-41

 

Royal Commission on the fruit industry

12 April 1912–8 October 1914

F. J. Foster (Chair), W. F. Finlayson, D. J. Gordon, P. J. Lynch, R. K. Ready, S. Sampson, J. Thomson

1913/IV/1-1167, 1914/II/223-45, 1914-17/V/193-211

 

Royal Commission appointed to inquire into certain charges against Mr. Henry Chinn

4 January–27 November 1913

H. Hodges

1913/III/1245-1252

 

Royal Commission on Northern Territory railways and ports

28 March 1913–24 June 1914

F. Clarke (Chair), D. Lindsay, A. Combes.

1914/II/677-731

 

Royal Commission on powellised timber

19 December 1913–8 October 1914

H. Gregory (Chair), J. Bennett, R. J. Burchell, W. J. McWilliams, K. O'Malley, A. Poynton, H. Sinclair

1914/II/655-56, 1914-17/V/843-90

 

Royal Commission upon the Commonwealth electoral law and administration

20 January 1914–14 July 1915

H. Sinclair (Chair), R. W. Foster, W. Maloney, W. H. Laird Smith, R. Patten

1914/II/211-12, 1914-15/II/435-54

 

Royal Commission on meat export trade

5 June–2 December 1914

P. W. Street

1914-17/V/563-609

 

Royal Commission on food supplies and trade and industry during the war

31 August–16 December 1914

A. Deakin (Chair), G. H. Knibbs , D. Thomson

1914-17/V/143-86

 

Royal Commission on mail services and trade development between Australia and the New Hebrides

31 March–28 July 1915

F. W. Bamford (Chair), W. E. Johnson

1914-17/V/665-724

 

Royal Commission on Liverpool Military Camp, New South Wales

12 July–20 August 1915

G. E. Rich

1914-17/II/273-97

 

Royal Commission on the charges made by D. L. Gilchrist concerning the construction of the western section of the Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta Railway

23 March–13 September 1916

J. G. Eagleson

1914-17/IV/1341-1400

 

Royal Commission to inquire into and report upon certain charges against the Administrator and other officers of the Northern Territory Administration

11 May–13 September 1916

A. N. Barnett

1914-17/I/484 (reference only, tabled not printed)

 

Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration

14 June 1916–14 June 1917

W. Blacket

1914-17/II/1067-1112, 1917/II/178

 

Royal Commission on Java and the East Indies , Singapore and the Straits Settlements

7 February 1917–10 May 1918

J. J. Long

1917-19/V/1063-97

 

Royal Commission on Navy and Defence Administration

2 July 1917–4 July 1919

W. G. McBeath (Chair), J. Chalmers , P. T. Taylor , F. A. Verco

1917-19/IV/175-463

 

Royal Commission on the war—Australian Imperial Force. Report as to number of members fit for active service and number of reinforcements and enlistments required

6 March–4 April 1918

S. W. Griffith

1917-19/IV/647-50

 

Royal Commission on Public Service administration, Commonwealth of Australia

2 October 1918–28 July 1920

D. C. McLachlan

1920-21/IV/1525-1620

 

Royal Commission ... upon the public expenditure of the Commonwealth of Australia with a view to effecting economies

21 November 1918–6 April 1921

R. Gibson (Chair), G. G. Haldane , G. H. Turton

1917-19/V/1525-1615, 1920-21/IV/1297-1517

 

Royal Commission on taxation of leasehold estates in Crown lands

18 December 1918–9 October 1919

G. H. Knibbs (Chair), H. O. Allan , H. A. G. Curry

1917-19/VI/1027-72

 

Royal Commission on the sugar industry

31 March 1919–18 March 1920

A. B. Piddington , N. C. Lockyer , S. Mills

1920-21/IV/905-60

 

Royal Commission on industrial troubles on Melbourne wharfs

7 June 1919–6 May 1920

G. J. Dethridge

1920-21/IV/687-92

 

Royal Commission on late German New Guinea

12 August 1919–21 May 1920

J. H. P. Murray (Chair), A. A. Hunt , W. H. Lucas

1920-21/III/1539-1621

 

Royal Commission to inquire into complaints by the munition worker passengers to Australia by the transport "Bahia Castillo"

15 October 1919–24 December 1919 [date report completed]

P. Cohen (Chair), C. R. W. Brewis, H. W. Lloyd

NAA A11803, control symbol 1919/89/670

 

Royal Commission on Northern Territory Administration

12 November 1919–21 May 1920

N. V. Ewing

1920-21/III/1653-69

 

Royal Commission on the basic wage

6 December 1919 23 November 1920

A. B. Piddington (Chair), R. Cheney, H. C. Gibson, W. D. Gilfillan, E. E. Keep, T. C. Maher, A. C. Morley, G. M. Allard, J. A. Harper

1920-21/IV/529-645

 

Royal Commission on taxation
vol. 1; vol. 2; vol. 3; vol. 4; vol. 5

10 September 1920–13 June 1923

W. W. Kerr (Chair), M. B. Duffy, J. G. Fairleigh, J. J. Garvan, J. Jolly, S. Mills, W. T. Missingham, J. Thomson

1920-21/III/1151-1243, 1922/II/1023-1177, 1923-24/III/2193-2304

QLD, TAS, WA

Royal Commission on the increase of the selling price of coal

30 September 1920–20 October 1920 [date report completed]

C. Hibble (Chair), A. Jobson , H. H. Ling

NAA A460, control symbol A5/42

 

Royal Commission on the matter of uniform railway gauge

8 February–12 October 1921

J. J. Garvan (Chair), R. Blake , F. M. Whyte

1920-21/V/757-98

 

Royal Commission on pillaging of ships' cargoes

12 February–12 July 1921

W. M. MacFarlane

1920-21/IV/797-826

 

Royal Commission on Cockatoo Island Dockyard

25 April–14 July 1921

M. Reid (Chair), W. J. McWilliams, W. G. Mahoney, W. M. Marks, C. W. C. Marr, T. J. Ryan, R. V. Wilson

1920-21/IV/1-16

 

Royal Commission upon the loyalty to the British Crown of German Nationals resident in Australia whose property is liable to a charge created by the Treaty of Peace Regulations made under the Treaty of Peace (Germany) Act 1919–1920

7 July 1921–11 November 1921 [date report completed]

W. M. MacFarlane

NAA A6006, control symbol 1921/12/31

 

Royal Commission on the circumstances attending the supposed loss at sea of the steamship "Sumatra"

25 July–3 August 1923

J. J. Cohen , H. Chudleigh , J. Vine-Hall

1923-24/I/113 [reference only; tabled not printed]

 

Royal Commission in connection with sugar purchases by the Commonwealth through Mr. W. E. Davies in September and October, 1920

24 August 1923–27 March 1924

E. F. Mitchell

1923-24/II/1647-57

 

Royal Commission in connection with joinery supplied to the War Service Homes Commissioner in March, 1920

7 September 1923–27 March 1924

H. H. Henchman

1923-24/IV/353-59

 

Royal Commission on the Navigation Act

7 September 1923–13 August 1925

J. H. Prowse (Chair), F. Anstey, W. L. Duncan, H. E. Elliott, C. S. McHugh, A. C. Seabrook, G. E. Yates, H. J. M. Payne

1923-24/II/1019-1120, 1925/I/129 (reference only), 1925/II/1323-43

 

Royal Commission on national insurance

7 September 1923–5 October 1927

J. D. Millen (Chair), B. Benny, J. Francis, J. Grant, A. E. Green, R. F. H. Green, J. F. Guthrie, J. A. H. Hunter, A. McDougall, W. G. Mahony

1925/II/1269-1321, 1926-28/IV/1411-86

 

Royal Commission on the method for determining the unimproved value of land held under Crown leases

12 July 1924–10 June 1925

W. W. Kerr (Chair), M. B. Duffy , J. Jolly

1925/II/973-1033

 

Royal Commission on the assessment of war service disabilities

27 August 1924–10 June 1925

C. B. Blackburn (Chair), A. V. M. Anderson, W. W. Giblin, E. S. Jackson, H. S. Newland

1925/II/67-72

 

Royal Commission to inquire into extracts from the reports in Parliamentary Debates of speeches made by Mr. Scullin in the House of Representatives on 7th and 19th August, 1924 , in relation to land tax matters

9 September 1924–10 June 1925

D. S. Edwards

1925/II/1035-61

 

Royal Commission on the finances of Western Australia , as affected by Federation

5 November 1924–23 September 1925

W. G. Higgs (Chair), J. Entwistle , S. Mills

1925/II/1463-1641

 

Royal Commission on health

7 January 1925–14 January 1926

G. A. Syme (Chair), J. S. Greig , F. S. Hone , S. R. Innes-Noad, R. H. Todd

1926-28/IV/1247-1370

 

Royal Commission on Norfolk Island affairs

20 January–13 August 1926

F. Whysall

1926-28/IV/1487-1563

 

Royal Commission on certain matters in connexion with the British Phosphate Commission

13 June–11 August 1926

A. Robinson

1926-28/IV/106784

 

Royal Commission on wireless

28 January–5 October 1927

J. H. Hammond (Chair), C. E. Crocker , J. A. M. Elder, A. J. B. McMaster

1926-28/IV/1565-1603

 

Royal Commission on the Edie Creek ( New Guinea ) leases

2 March–5 October 1927

P. B. MacGregor

1926-28/IV/1213-34

 

Royal Commission on the moving picture industry in Australia

28 May 1927–26 April 1928

W. M. Marks (Chair), W. L. Duncan, F. M. Forde, J. Grant, H. Gregory, H. Hays, L. W. Nott

1926-28/IV/1371-1409

 

Royal Commission on the Constitution

18 August 1927–21 November 1929

J. B. Peden (Chair), P. P. Abbott, T. R. Ashworth, E. K. Bowden, H. P. Colebatch, M. B. Duffy, D. L. McNamara

1929-31/II/897-1296

 

Royal Commission on child endowment or family allowances

28 September 1927–18 March 1929

T. S. O'Halloran (Chair), J. Curtin , I. Evans , S. Mills , F. M. Muscio

1929/II/1281-1405

 

Royal Commission of inquiry into fatalities at Bundaberg

1 February–13 June 1928

C. H. Kellaway (Chair), P. MacCallum , A. H. Tebbutt

1926-28/IV/1085-1211

 

Royal Commission appointed to inquire into statements in the press in regard to offers alleged to have been made to members to resign seats in the Federal Parliament

28 May–4 September 1928

E. Scholes

1926-28/IV/1235-45

 

Royal Commission on the finances of South Australia , as affected by Federation

28 July 1928–22 August 1929

J. Cook (Chair), A. E. Barton , H. R. Brookes

1929/II/2201-48

 

Royal Commission on the coal industry

3 June–21 November 1929

C. G. W. Davidson (Chair), H. W. Gepp , L. K. Ward

1929-31/II/881-88

 

Royal Commission appointed to inquire into allegations affecting members of the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts in connexion with claims made by broadcasting companies against the Commonwealth Government

15 May–8 August 1930

G. J. Dethridge

1929-31/III/629-38

 

Royal Commission on Jacob Johnson

29 August 1931–1 October 1931 [date report completed]

G. S. Beeby

NAA A432, control symbol 1929/170, Part 8, Attachment 2

 

Royal Commission on performing rights

19 September 1932–24 May 1933

L. Owen

1932-34/IV/1163-1220

 

Royal Commission on taxation
vol.1; vol. 2; vol. 3; vol. 4

6 October 1932–28 November 1934

D. G. Ferguson (Chair), E. V. Nixon

1932-34/IV/2249-96, 1934-37/III/1917-2118

 

Royal Commission on mineral oils and petrol and other products of mineral oils

6 April 1933–8 April 1935

S. E. Lamb (Chair), J. Gunn , A. J. Hancock

1934-37/III/457-820

 

Royal Commission on the wheat, flour and bread industries

25 January 1934–1 April 1936

H. W. Gepp (Chair), T. S. Cheadle , C. W. Harper, E. P. M. Sheedy , S. M. Wadham

1932-34/IV/2425-67, 1934-37/IV/1-690

 

Royal Commission appointed to inquire into and report upon the circumstances associated with the retirement of Lieutenant-Commander Alan Dermot Casey from the Royal Australian Navy

11 July–23 October 1934

J. M. Napier

1934-37/III/89-103

 

Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the monetary and banking systems at present in operation in Australia ...

15 November 1935–24 August 1937

J. M. Napier (Chair), J. P. Abbott, J. B. Chifley, R. C. Mills, E. V. Nixon, H. A. Pitt

1934-37/V/1557-1964

 

Royal Commission on doctors' remuneration for national insurance service and other contract practice

18 July 1938–

G. J. Dethridge (Chair), G. M. Allard , R. D. Mulvey

Commission lapsed, no report issued; NAA AA1969/10, control symbols 2A-2D

 

Royal Commission regarding the contract for the erection of additions to the General Post Office, Sydney

7 June–7 September 1939

A. V. Maxwell

1937-40/IV/1025-51

 

Royal Commission to inquire into and report upon the contract or contracts with Abbco Bread Co. Pty. Limited for the supply of bread to the Department of the Army, and other matters

28 March–21 August 1941

A. V. Maxwell

1940-43/III/9-44

 

Royal Commission to inquire into circumstances under which certain public monies were used and to whom, and for what purposes such moneys were paid ...

27 September–25 November 1941

P. H. Rogers

1940-43/III/241 [reference only; tabled not printed]

 

Royal Commission in the matter of an inquiry into a statement that there was a document missing from the official files in relation to "The Brisbane Line"

29 June–28 September 1943

C. J. Lowe

1943-44/I/13 [reference only; tabled not printed]

 

Royal Commission to inquire into and report upon certain transactions of the Sydney Land Sales Control Office, and the Canberra Land Sales Control Office of the Treasury

13 June–25 September 1947

R. C. Kirby

1946-48/I/263 [reference only; tabled not printed]

 

Royal Commission appointed to inquire into certain transactions in relation to timber rights in the Territory of Papua-New Guinea

11 January–24 June 1949

G. C. Ligertwood

1948-49/IV/1155-93

 

Royal Commission on the Port Augusta to Alice Springs Railway

June 1951–9 July 1952

A. A. Wolff (Chair), R. J. Fitch , J. A. Fargher

NAA AA1972/341, control symbol 72

 

Royal Commission on television

11 February 1953–29 September 1954

G. W. Paton (Chair), C. B. Bednall, M. Foxton, R. G. Osborne, R. C. Wilson, N. S. Young

1954-55/III/679-809

 

Royal Commission on espionage

3 May 1954–14 September 1955

W. F. L. Owen

1954-55/III/187-677

 

Royal Commission on alleged improper practices and improper refusal to co-operate with the Victoria Police Force on the part of persons employed in the Postmaster-General's Department in Victoria in relation to illegal gambling

23 May 1962–23 May 1963

R. L. Taylor

1962-63/V/397-554

 

Royal Commission on loss of H.M.A.S. Voyager

14 February–26 August 1964

J. A. Spicer

1964-65-66/XIII/289-341

 

Royal Commission on the statement of Lieutenant Commander Cabban and matters incidental thereto

31 May 1967–13 March 1968

S. C. Burbury (Chair), K. W. Asprey , G. A. G. Lucas

1968/1/967-1245

 

  

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Title

Date of Letters Patent–Date Final Report Presented

Commissioners

Report (Year / Vol / Place No.)

State

Royal Commissions into exploratory and production drilling for petroleum in the area of the Great Barrier Reef

5 May 1970–11 February 1975

G. Wallace , V. J. Moroney , J. E. Smith

1975/13/2-3

QLD

Aboriginal Land Rights Commission

8 February 1973–17 July 1974

A. E. Woodward

1973/1/1, 1974/1/1

 

Australian Post Office Commission of inquiry

22 February 1973–23 July 1974

J. Vernon (Chair), B. J. Callinan , J. J. Kennedy

1974/2/1-2

 

Commission of inquiry into land tenures

4 May 1973–26 May 1976

R. Else-Mitchell , R. L. Mathews , G. J. Dusseldorp

1974/8/10, 1976/12/1

 

Royal Commission on petroleum

12 September 1973–8 December 1976

W. H. Collins

1974/14/2, 1975/13/4, 1975/13/1, 1976/16/3-5

 

Commission of Inquiry into the maritime industry

25 September 1973–2 November 1976

M. M. Summers

1974/17/15-16, 1976/23/1-5

 

Independent Inquiry into Frequency Modulation Broadcasting

27 November 1973–13 March 1974

F. McLean , C. C. Renwick

1974/2/6

 

Commission of Inquiry into transport to and from Tasmania

10 April 1974–25 March 1976

J. F. Nimmo

1976/24/5

 

Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration

6 June 1974–18 August 1976

H. C. Coombs (Chair), P. H. Bailey, E. Campbell, J. E. Isaac, P. R. Munro

1976/19/1-5

 

Royal Commission on human relationships

21 August 1974–28 February 1978

E. Evatt (Chair), F. R. Arnott , A. B. Deveson

1976/8/9, 104-108/1978

 

Royal Commission on intelligence and security

21 August 1974–25 October 1977

R. M. Hope

92/1977, 246-249/1977

 

Royal Commission into alleged payments to maritime unions

5 September 1974–25 May 1976

J. B. Sweeney

List number 340/1975 (tabled not printed); 1976/24/4

 

Royal Commission to inquire into and report upon certain incidents in which Aborigines were involved in the Laverton area [WA Royal Commission with a Commonwealth nominee and costs shared by Commonwealth and WA Governments]

23 April 1975–13 April 1976

G. D. Clarkson (Chair), E. F. Bridge , E. F. Johnston

WA Parl Papers 1976, Vol 8.

WA

Royal Commission into Matters Relating to Norfolk Island

15 May 1975–16 November 1976

J. A. Nimmo

1976/21/4

 

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Title

Date of Letters Patent–Date Final Report Presented

Commissioners

Report (Year / Paper No.)

State

Australian Royal Commission of inquiry into drugs

13 October 1977–16 September 1980

E. S. Williams

275/1979, 25-29/1980, 226/1980

VIC , QLD , WA , TAS

Royal Commission of inquiry into matters in relation to electoral redistribution Queensland , 1977

24 April 1978–15 August 1978

D. G. McGregor

263/1978

 

Commission of inquiry into the efficiency and administration of hospitals

29 August 1979–26 February 1981

J. H. Jamison (Chair), C. W. L. de Boos , H. R. H. Holmes à Court, J. S. Yeatman

181/1980, 20-22/1981

TAS, QLD , WA

Commission of inquiry into the viability of the Christmas Island phosphate industry

20 December 1979–21 February 1980

W. W. Sweetland

36/1980

 

Royal Commission on the activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union

10 September 1980–1 November 1984

F. X. Costigan

72/1982, 185/1982, 223/1983, 284-289/1984

VIC

Royal Commission of inquiry into drug trafficking

25 June 1981–31 May 1983

D. G. Stewart

119/1982, 41/1983, 186/1983 [NZ Report]

NSW, VIC , QLD, NZ

Royal Commission into the activities of the Australian Building Construction Employees' and Builders Labourers' Federation

20 August 1981–20 October 1982

J. S. Winneke

296/1982

VIC

Royal Commission into Australian meat industry

12 September 1981–21 September 1982

A. E. Woodward

222/1982

VIC

Royal Commission of inquiry into the activities of the Nugan Hand Group [extension of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking 1981–1983]

28 March 1983–27 November 1985

D. G. Stewart

275/1983, 65/1985, 368-369/1985

NSW

Royal Commission on the use and effects of chemical agents on Australian personnel in Vietnam

13 May 1983–22 August 1985

P. G. Evatt

288-296/1985

 

Royal Commission on Australia's security and intelligence agencies

17 May 1983–22 May 1985

R. M. Hope

323/1983, 1/1984, 230-232/1985

 

Commission of inquiry into compensation arising from social security conspiracy prosecutions

9 February 1984–10 June 1986

R. Mitchell

174/1986

 

Royal Commission into British nuclear tests in Australia

16 July 1984–5 December 1985

J. R. McClelland (Chair), J. Fitch , W. J. Jonas

482-484/1985

 

Royal Commission of inquiry into alleged telephone interceptions

29 March 1985–1 May 1986

D. G. Stewart

155/1986

NSW & VIC

Royal Commission of inquiry into Chamberlain convictions

2 April 1986–2 June 1987

T. R. Morling

192/1987

NT

Royal Commission into grain storage, handling and transport

13 October 1986–15 March 1988

J. C. McColl

40-42/1988

NSW, VIC , QLD , WA , SA

Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody

16 October 1987–9 May 1991

J. H. Muirhead (Chair 1987–89), E. F. Johnston (Chair 1989–91),  J. H. Wootten, L. F. Wyvill, D. J. O'Dea, P. Dodson

20-24, 101-102, 126, 129, 142, 209, 265, 409-410/1989; 48-49, 55-57, 151-158, 195-199, 217-228, 292-300, 386-387, 404/1990; 13, 24-29, 63-88, 119-136/1991

NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, TAS, NT

Commission of Inquiry into the Australian Secret Intelligence Service

15 March 1994–9 May 1995

GJ Samuels , MH Codd

List number 281/1995 ( tabled not printed)

 

Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Leasing by the Commonwealth of Accommodation in Centenary House

16 May 1994–7 November 1994

TR Morling

344/1994

 

Commission of Inquiry into the Relations Between the CAA and Seaview Air

25 October 1994–9 October 1996

L Street (1994–95), JH Staunton (1994–96)

List numbers 354-355/1996 (tabled not printed)

 

HIH Royal Commission

29 August 2001–4 April 2003

NJ Owen

98-100/2003

 

Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry

29 August 2001–24 February 2003

TRH Cole

List numbers 559, 561/2002 (tabled not printed); 70-91/2003

 

Royal Commission to Inquire into the Centenary House Lease

24 June–6 December 2004

DA Hunt

26/2005

 

Inquiry into certain Australian companies in relation to the UN Oil-For-Food Programme [AWB inquiry] 10 November 2005–24 November 2006 TRH. Cole 395-399/2006  

Equine Influenza Inquiry (set up under section 66AZE of the Quarantine Act 1908, which provides that most of the provisions of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 apply to the Inquiry and the Commissioner as if the Inquiry were a Royal Commission)

25 September 2007–12 June 2008 The Hon Mr Ian Callinan AC 289/2008  
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse 11 January 2013 (Letters Patent). The Interim Report was released on 30 June 2014. The final reporting date had initially been set for the end of 2015 but a two year extension has been granted. The Governor-General will amend the Letters Patent to enable the final report to be delivered by 5 December  2017.             The Hon Justice Peter McClellan (Chair), Mr Bob Atkinson, Justice Jennifer Coate, Mr Robert Fitzgerald, Professor Helen Milroy, Mr Andrew Murray.     
Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program  12 December 2013 (Letters Patent). Report was to be not later than 30 June 2014, but Ian Hanger made a request for additional time to produce his report. On 15 May 2014 the Letters Patent were amended allowing the report to be due on 31 August 2014. Report was presented on 29 August 2014 and tabled on 1 September 2014. Ian Hanger AM  

 

 

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption 13 March 2014 (Letters Patent). Report and recommendations to be made on or before 31 December 2014. The Hon. Dyson Heydon AC QC    

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