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Submission to Attorney-General’s Department regarding the review of confidentiality protections in the Royal Commissions Act 1902

24 January 2022

The Australian Government Attorney-General's Department called for submissions regarding a review of the Royal Commissions Act 1902.

The National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum (NMHCCF) submitted a response to the call for submissions in January 2022.

Reason for the submission

The Attorney-General’s Department are conducting a review of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) to examine any issues or impediments to people coming forward and sharing sensitive information with a royal commission.

Our response key points

  • NMHCCF recommends the Royal Commissions Protections have a ‘Trauma-Informed Practice’ lens in which they operate.
  • Develop and implement resources that explain the processes in giving evidence, especially in person to the Commissioners.
  • Establishing processes such as access to EAP services, for support to individuals and their family/friend carers.
  • Availability of various methods for providing evidence.
  • Careful reporting of the evidence provided to minimize the re-traumatising/triggering for individuals.
  • The establishment of Lived Experience Advisory Groups to support the Attorney-General’s Department in the development and implementation of policies and practices.