Media Release

29 October 2014

Commission outlines timetable for submissions

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption has announced its timetable for submissions in response to its 2014 inquiries.

Written submissions by Counsel Assisting the Commission will be published online on Friday, 31 October 2014. Parties who have been granted authorisation to appear before the Commission will then have two weeks to lodge submissions in reply. Those submissions must be lodged by Friday, 14 November and will also be published online.

Anyone affected by those submissions will then have until Friday, 21 November to respond.

Under Practice Direction 5, Counsel Assisting may also make submissions in reply. Those responses will be published on the Commission’s website on or by Tuesday, 25 November.

Parties seeking leave to make oral submissions must do so by Friday, 21 November. If leave for oral submissions is granted, the Commissioner has set aside three days for hearings on 26, 27 and 28 November.

During 2014, the Commission has conducted 57 public hearings involving more than 200 witnesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. The Commission has also held 14 private hearings.

The Commission has been hearing evidence in relation to the Australian Workers' Union (AWU); Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia (CEPU); Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU); Health Services Union (HSU); Maritime Union of Australia (MUA); National Union of Workers (NUW); Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA); and the Transport Workers' Union (TWU).

The Commissioner will deliver his interim report to the Governor-General on Monday 15 December, 2014.