Royal Commissions: How do they shape public policy?

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Monday 5 March 2018

Public lecture Royal Commissions: How do they shape public policy? explores how the methods and approaches of royal commissions have gained the public’s trust.

Hosted by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, the lecture puts Australia’s highest form of inquiry - the royal commission model - under its own public scrutiny. Professor David Weisbrot AM, former President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, will moderate a panel of past Chairs of Royal Commissions and expert commentators as they discuss how royal commissions have become the model for ensuring public accountability.


  • Alan Kohler, financial journalist and newspaper editor (commenting on the terms of reference of the Financial Services Royal Commission)
  • The Hon. Bernard Teague AO, former Chair of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
  • The Hon. Marcia Neave AO, former Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria).

The speakers will share their insights into the purpose, powers and limits of royal commissions, and explore their effectiveness in shaping public policy.

The lecture follows the sold-out Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference which focused on the key governance implications expected from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse findings.

Director of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Professor Kathy Laster said: “Royal commissions have often resulted in history-making changes to our laws, but they also trigger wider cultural changes in attitudes, as well as community expectations of government and service providers”.


Attendance is open to the public but registration is essential. Book online to secure your place.

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5 March 2018, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Melbourne CBD Venue to be confirmed Melbourne VIC 3000

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