The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has received more than 1,400 submissions since inviting public submissions on 2 March 2020.
Comprising 12,552 pages, approximately 78 percent of submissions were from individuals with the remaining submissions from organisations.
More than 190 were received as verbal submissions by phone or sent directly to the Commission, while 1,230 were made online through the submission portal or by email to the Commission.
This figure will increase when posted submissions are received.
The submission period was extended by four weeks to allow additional time for people and organisations who were also dealing with the effects of COVID-19.
The Commission will consider each submission against its terms of reference ahead of upcoming hearings.
Hearings are expected to be conducted in two phases during late May and late June.
The end of the general submission period does not signal the end of community consultation.
The Commission will continue to consult individuals and organisations, including through a series of roundtable discussions and workshops designed to canvass specific issues and practical measures for improvement.
Formal written comments will also be invited from interested parties on discrete issues papers relating to particular aspects of the terms of reference.
Submissions will be made available on a rolling basis on the Commission’s website during the course of the inquiry.