Media guidelines

The Commission has issued media guidelines for its hearings: Media Guidelines for Hearings (PDF, 302.3 KB).

The Media Guidelines apply to all news media organisations and their representatives, freelance journalists and any other individuals who report on the Commission’s hearings and its inquiry.

Access to dedicated media facilities

The media are invited to attend the Commission’s hearings in person or watch the hearings via the live stream.

In accordance with the Commission’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (PDF, 125.7 KB) , all members of the media must be fully vaccinated in order to attend the hearings in person. Media must show proof of their vaccination status upon entry into the hearing venues and to a Commission staff member upon request.

There are dedicated media facilities at the hearing venues for those approved for media registration. If a representative of a news media organisation wishes to access the Commission’s media facilities, they must present photographic identification issued by a news media organisation. The Commission may also consider applications from any freelance journalists who wish to report upon and publish information about the hearings.

Further details, and the terms and conditions in which media may be permitted to access the facilities, are outlined in the Media Guidelines (PDF, 302.3 KB).

Access to information

The Commission publishes to its hearings page:

  • a daily hearing list prior to each hearing day, outlining the witnesses to be called to give evidence and the order in which they will be called
  • transcripts of evidence as soon as possible after it becomes available, and generally by 10.00am the following day
  • witness statements as soon as possible after the witness has given their evidence, and
  • documents received into evidence at the hearings as soon as possible after the document has been tendered.

Copies of transcripts and witness statements can also be found in the document library.

Given the highly sensitive nature of much of the information relevant to the Commission’s inquiry, the release of information is subject to any relevant legal, privacy and safety considerations and may be subject to a delay. The Commission does not release information subject to a restricted publication order or exclusion order.

Details about the operation of the Commission’s hearings and the publication of information can be found in Practice Direction No. 5 – Hearings (PDF, 459.8 KB).

Media releases – Hearings

Copies of all media releases can be found in the media library.

Recent media releases relevant to the hearings include:

Media contact

Media contact with the Commission should be directed to:

Peta Carlyon
Media Liaison Officer
P: 0457 037 760

Updated: 1st July 2022

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