Practice Directions

A Practice Direction outlines the procedure that governs the operation of proceedings before the Royal Commission.

Understanding Practice Directions

What is a Practice Direction? Why do we need them?

The Commissioner has issued Practice Directions to assist parties, witnesses and members of the public. Practice Directions should be read in conjunction with the Royal Commissions Act (1902).

Current Directions

​Date ​Number ​Description ​Download
​23/11/2015 ​PD17 This Practice Direction applies in relation the proposed supplementary tender into evidence by Counsel Assisting of documents filed in Health Services Union v Katherine Jackson (VID 1042 of 2013). PDF download of Practice direction 17.PDF 157KB
DOC download of Practice direction 17DOC 87KB
​23/10/2015 ​PD16 This Practice Direction applies in relation to the public hearings into the Australian Workers Union held between 28 May and 10 June 2015, 8 and 9 July 2015 and 12 and 23 October 2015. PDF download of Practice direction 16.PDF 106KB
DOC download of Practice direction 16DOC 85KB
​09/10/2015 PD15 This Practice Direction applies in relation to Chapter 10.3 of submissions of counsel assisting dated 31 October 2014 (Peter Mylan submissions) PDF download of Practice direction 15.PDF 380KB
DOC download of Practice direction 15DOC 88.7KB
​06/10/2015 ​PD14 This Practice Direction relates to the tender of documents into evidence by Counsel Assisting in relation to allegations against Ms Kathy Jackson and Mr Craig Thomson (HSU Tender Bundle). PDF download of Practice direction 13.PDF 584KB
DOC download of Practice direction 13DOC 86.7KB
​25/09/2015 ​PD13 This Practice Direction applies in place of paragraphs 45 to 48 of Practice Direction 1 in respect of the public hearings into the Australian Workers Union between 12 and 23 October 2015. PDF download of Practice direction 13.PDF 109KB
DOC download of Practice direction 13.DOC 90KB
​25/09/2015 ​PD12 This Practice Direction applies in relation to the matters raised in Chapter 8.8 of the submissions of counsel assisting dated 31 October 2014 (Hindmarsh Submissions). PDF download of Practice direction 12.PDF 106KB
DOC download of Practice direction 12.DOC 90KB
​23/09/2015 ​PD11 This Practice Direction relates to matters raised in Chapter 12.3 of the submissions of counsel assisting dated 31 October 2014 (NHDA submissions).​ PDF download of Practice direction 11.PDF 108KB
DOC download of Practice direction 11.DOC 91KB
​23/09/2015 ​PD10 Practice Direction relating to allegations against Ms Kathy Jackson and Mr Craig Thomson. PDF download of Practice direction 10.PDF 112KB
DOC download of Practice direction 10.DOC 81KB
​29/07/2015 ​PD9 Variation to the hearing process outlined in Practice Direction 1, for public hearings into the operations of Construction Employment Training and Welfare Ltd as Trustee for Creative Safety Initiatives Trust and Construction Charitable Works Limited.​ PDF download of Practice direction 9.PDF 563KB
DOC download of Practice direction 9.DOC 91KB
​10/06/2015 ​PD8 Supplementary tender of the witness statement of Desmond Brian O'Keefe dated June 2015 and timetable for any objections to the witness statement. PDF download of Practice direction 8.PDF 1MB
DOC download of Practice direction 8.DOC 155KB
​9/04/2015 ​PD7 ​Timetable for the provision of witness statements for the public hearings commencing 27 April 2015 into the Electrical Trades Union of Australia (New South Wales Branch). PDF download of Practice direction 7.PDF 49KB
DOC download of Practice direction 7.DOC 63KB
​31/10/2014 ​PD6 ​Supplementary Tender of documents into evidence by Counsel Assisting on 31 October 2014. PDF download of Practice direction 6.PDF 121KB
DOC download of Practice direction 6.DOC 82KB
​28/10/2014 ​PD5 ​Revocation of Practice Direction 4, establishes a new timetable for making of written submissions and the position in relation to oral submissions. PDF download of Practice direction 5.PDF 124KB
DOC download of Practice direction 5.DOC 93KB
​7/10/2014 ​PD4 ​Timetable for the making of written submissions and the position in relation to oral submissions. PDF download of Practice direction 4.PDF 103KB
DOC download of Practice direction 4.DOC 77KB
​23/09/2014 ​PD1/E ​Direction concerning the admission into evidence of the statement of Mr Chris Brown. PDF download of Practice direction 1E.PDF 5.8MB
DOC download of Practice direction 1E.DOC 391KB
​4/09/2014 ​PD3 ​Variation to the hearing process outlined in Practice Direction 1, for public hearings into the operations of IR 21 Limited, Industry 2020 Pty Ltd and Building Industry 2000 Limited. PDF download of Practice direction 3.PDF 103KB
DOC download of Practice direction 3.DOC 106KB
​2/09/2014 ​PD1/D ​Directions for the filing of documents in response to evidence received during the Commission's 1 September 2014 (CFMEU) hearing. PDF download of Practice direction 1D.PDF 94KB
DOC download of Practice direction 1D.DOC 131KB
​1/09/2014 ​PD1/C ​Directions on applications to cross-examine and the filing of documents in response to evidence received during the Commission's 25 and 26 August (HSU) hearings. PDF download of Practice direction 1C.PDF 94KB
DOC download of Practice direction 1C.DOC 23KB
​18/07/2014 ​PD1/B ​Directions for the filing of documents in response to evidence received during the Commission's 7, 8, 9 and 15 July 2014 (CFMEU) hearings. PDF download of Practice direction 1B.PDF 384KB
DOC download of Practice direction 1B.DOC 99KB
​26/06/2014 ​PD1/A ​Directions for the filing of documents in response to evidence received during the Commission's 16–20 June 2014 (HSU) hearings. PDF download of Practice direction 1A.PDF 374KB
DOC download of Practice direction 1A.DOC 81KB
​23/05/2014 ​PD2 ​Variation (for particular hearings) to the hearing process outlined in Practice Direction 1. PDF download of Practice direction 2.PDF 148KB
DOC download of Practice direction 2.DOC 130KB
​26/03/2014  ​PD1 ​Procedures establishing the conduct of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. PDF download of Practice direction 1.PDF 442KB
DOC download of Practice direction 1.DOC 152KB

Applications for authorisation to appear at the Royal Commission should be made in accordance with the Practice Directions.