If you would like to watch a public hearing in person, you should familiarise yourself with how they work. Find out more below or watch our videos.
Public hearings will generally take place at the Royal Commission offices in Governor Macquarie Tower, Level 17, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.
The Royal Commission will also hold public hearings across Australia throughout 2015. Locations and details will be advised on the schedule.
Entry and exit
When you enter and exit a public hearing room, it is customary to pause and bow your head towards the Australian coat of arms above where the Commissioners sit. When a Commissioner enters or leaves the hearing room, it is customary to stand and bow your head. You should remain standing until each Commissioner has entered the room and been seated or has left the room, or until the Presiding Commissioner asks for people to be seated.
Conditions of entry
For your security and safety, perimeter security screening is in operation for all entrants attending the public hearing. Refusal to comply may result in denial of entry to the public hearing.
You are not permitted to talk loudly, eat, chew gum or smoke in the hearing room. You should also be quiet while entering and exiting the room, and immediately outside the hearing room so you don’t interrupt the proceedings.
Addressing a Commissioner
If you have permission to address the Commissioners, please refer to the Chair of the Commission, the Hon. Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate as ‘Your Honour’. The other Commissioners may be referred to as ‘Commissioner’.