Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption established

14 March 2014

The Hon. John Dyson Heydon AC QC has been appointed to lead a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

The Royal Commission today released its Terms of Reference, set out in Letters Patent signed by the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Hon. Quentin Bryce. 

The Royal Commission has been asked to provide a report of its findings and recommendations by 31 December 2014. 

A preliminary hearing of the Royal Commission will be held within the next month. 

At this hearing, the Royal Commission will commence hearing applications for leave to appear and make any directions the Commissioner considers necessary. 

Ms Jane Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Commission, urges people or organisations that have information that may assist this inquiry to get in contact with the Office of the Royal Commission.

“Contact details for the Royal Commission are provided on the Commission’s website.” 

More information about the Royal Commission and its Terms of Reference can be found on this website. 


Biography – The Hon Mr John Dyson Heydon AC QC

John Dyson Heydon AC QC was appointed to the High Court of Australia in February 2003, after having been a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal since 2000.

He graduated in arts from the University of Sydney, and, as the Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales in 1964, graduated as Master of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University.

He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1973 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1987. At age 34, he was elected dean of the University of Sydney Law School for 1978–79.

He practised at the Bar from 1979 until his appointment to the Court of Appeal. He has published a number of legal texts, including his first book, The Restraint of Trade Doctrine, in 1971.

He was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2004.