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Royal Commission into Victoria's Bushfires

For the latest update on the Royal Commission into Victoria's Bushfires

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The Premier John Brumby today announced the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into

Victoria’s bushfires and two commissioners to support chair Justice Bernard Teague in his work.

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The Purpose of the Royal Comission - Terms of Reference


Terms of Reference

6 February, 2009

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Royal Comission Website

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Key dates:

General submissions will close on the 18th May 2009

Input from Victorian communities will be critical to the Royal Commission's task to fully investigate the causes, circumstances, planning and responses to the bushfires from late January to February 2009.
Submissions are one of the main ways that individuals and organisations can contribute to the Royal Commission.

Formal appearances before the royal commission must be lodged by 4pm 9th April 2009

Call for submissions

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission is calling for written submissions from any interested individuals or organisations. All submissions should relate to the terms of reference of the Royal Commission.
General submissions close at 4.00pm, Monday 18 May 2009.
Further submissions around specific areas of interest of the Royal Commission may be invited at a later date.
Important information for all submitters

  • All submissions will be treated as public documents unless agreed otherwise by the Royal Commission. This means that in all but exceptional cases, submissions will be published on the Royal Commission’s web site. They may also be cited in reports or materials published by the Royal Commission.
  • The name and town or suburb of each submitter will be identified as part of every published submission. Other contact details will be removed before publishing.
  • Should you wish to make a confidential submission, you are requested to contact the Royal Commission in advance of lodging your submission at or on 1800 243 650 to notify us of your request.
  • Anonymous submissions will not be accepted.
  • The Royal Commission will not publish submissions if it believes that the submission material is or could be defamatory.

Making a submission
Submissions can be made electronically (via this web site) or via post.
(Where possible, the Commission would appreciate submissions in electronic format.)
Supporting materials, such as photos and footage, are welcome if they are considered relevant to the Royal Commission’s terms of reference. Materials can be lodged as part of electronic or postal submissions. NB. We request that submitters do not send any original materials.
Download the Making a Submission fact sheet to find out more.
Electronic Submissions
Use the Make a Submission form to lodge your submission electronically.
Postal Submissions
Postal submissions must include a coversheet (click here to download it) and should be sent to
2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
GPO Box 4358
Melbourne VIC 3001


Leave to appear

Any person or organisation seeking leave to formally appear before the Royal Commission must lodge written notice of that intention by 4.00pm, Thursday 9 April 2009. The notice should comprise a brief outline of no more than three pages identifying the term or terms of reference in which the person or organisation claims an interest, explaining the nature of that interest and giving reasons why they should be given leave to appear before the Royal Commission.

These notices should be lodged either via email to
or via post to:

Leave to Appear
2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
GPO Box 4358
Melbourne VIC 3001

Preliminary hearing


Requests for leave to appear will be considered at the Royal Commission’s preliminary hearing at Court 3.3, County Court, 250 William Street, Melbourne on 20 April 2009.


The Commission will provide directions for the future conduct of its hearings at the preliminary hearing.