The terms of reference for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements have been amended to extend the reporting date from 31 August 2020 to 28 October 2020.

This short extension will enable the Royal Commission to complete its inquiry and provide a comprehensive report to government.

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was established on 20 February 2020 in response to the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20 which resulted in loss of life, property and wildlife and environmental destruction.

The Royal Commission is examining coordination and accountability arrangements, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters as well as improving resilience and adapting to changing climatic conditions and mitigating the impact of natural disasters.

While further hearings are planned, the Royal Commission has already made significant progress with its inquiry, conducting hearings over 25 days with appearances by 226 witnesses.

The Commission has also received 1,772 submissions and 171 responses to its issues papers.

Further information about the Royal Commission and its work is available on the Commission’s website.