When you arrive for your private session a Royal Commission officer will greet you. They will show you to the room and introduce you to the Commissioner. You won’t be asked to take an oath, but you should tell the truth. You can bring along any relevant documents to hand over as part of your story.
During the session, the Commissioner will not judge you or your story. They may ask you questions to better understand what happened, but it is your choice if you wish to answer them or not. You will not be expected to give intimate details about what happened to you, if you don’t want to talk about that.
The session will be recorded and a transcript may be written. You can ask to read the transcript, if there is one, but because of confidentiality reasons you cannot have a copy to keep. At the end of your private session, if you need to, you can speak to a counsellor.