About the Commission

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption was established on 13 March 2014 by the former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency the Hon Quentin Bryce AC CVO.

The Governor-General issued Letters Patent which formally appoint the Royal Commissioner and outline the Terms of Reference for this inquiry.

The Commissioner John Dyson Heydon AC QC handed his Interim Report to the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove at Government House in Canberra. The Interim Report was tabled in Parliament on 19 December 2014. The Final Report was handed to the Governor General on 29 December 2015. The Final Report was tabled in Parliament on 30 December 2015.

The Commission has publicly investigated some 75 case studies under its Terms of Reference, and conducted 189 days of hearings in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne, of which 155 were public hearings. More than 500 witnesses gave evidence in public hearings. During its two year inquiry, the Commission issued more than 2,000 Notices To Produce for documents and other evidence to be provided.