Commission releases budget and operational update

19 August 2015

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption today released a Fact Sheet outlining budget and operational matters.

Budget

The Commission’s operating budget is approximately $61m (including AFP Police Taskforce) over two years.

Operating expenditure, as at 30 June 2015, is approx. $28m, which includes:

  • The Office of the Royal Commission (including legal fees)
  • NSW, Victoria and Queensland Police Taskforces
  • Attorney General Department’s financial assistance to witnesses

The $28m excludes any costs incurred to date for the AFP component of the police taskforce, which falls within the AFP’s departmental budget.

Referrals

A total of 26 people have been referred to the following 11 agencies:

  • Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • NSW Director of Public Prosecutions
  • SA Director of Public Prosecutions
  • QLD Director of Public Prosecutions
  • VIC Director of Public Prosecutions
  • WA Direction of Public Prosecutions
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission
  • Fair Work Building Inspectorate
  • Fair Work Commission
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Australian Information Commissioner

Arrests

Four people have been arrested by the TURC Police Taskforces:

  • Halafihi Kivalu
  • Tuungafasi Manase
  • John Lomax
  • Justin Steele

Witnesses

To date, 441 witnesses have given evidence in public and private hearings, or had a witness statement tendered as evidence

Hearings

  • 149 public and private hearings have been conducted to date held in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne

Notices to produce

  • Hundreds of thousands of documents have been received, collated and reviewed
  • As at 18 August 2015, 1,703 Notices to Produce have been issued by the Commission since it commenced operations in March 2014

Discussion Papers

  • Four discussion papers were released in 2014 seeking comment on the funding of trade union elections, the protections available to whistleblowers, the duties of union officials and relevant entities
  • Discussion paper on Options for Law Reform released in 2015. Submissions close this Friday, 21 August

Reports

  • An 1817 page interim report was handed to the Governor General on 15 December 2014
  • A final report will be handed to the Governor General by 31 December 2015