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Private sessions

Private sessions allow you to share your experiences with a Royal Commissioner in a confidential setting.

Registrations for private sessions closed on 30 June 2022. We expect to continue holding private sessions for the remainder of 2022 for those who have registered.

If you would like to share your experience with the Royal Commission but did not register for a private session before 30 June 2022, you can still make a submission. We will need to receive your submission by 31 December 2022 to be considered in the Final Report. We are unlikely to use submissions received after this date in our work, or count them in our statistics.  

The safety and wellbeing of those engaging with the Royal Commission is our primary concern. Given the ongoing impact and risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, private sessions will only be offered virtually for the foreseeable future. This means you can have your private session by videoconference or on the telephone.  If you have already registered for a private session, please contact us to discuss any accessibility needs you have. This will help us understand how we can best support you to share your experiences with the Royal Commission.

Your identity, and anything you tell us in connection with, or during, a private session is protected from disclosure by law.

The information you provide in a private session is confidential, even after the Royal Commission has ended, except in very specific circumstances. These specific circumstances include where your information relates to contravention of an Australian law and the Royal Commission considers it appropriate to communicate your information to a law enforcement agency.


The average wait time for a private session is between 4 - 6 months, although experiences may vary. There are a number of factors that may impact timing for a private session. This means that one person may wait longer than another, but we will try our best to see everyone within 6 months of their registration. Please contact the private sessions team if you would like to discuss the status of your individual private session request.