Financial Services Royal Commission – Procedures for leave to appear and witnesses

Media Release

9 February 2018

The initial public hearing of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry will take place at 10am on Monday 12 February 2018 in Melbourne. The Commissioner will not hear or determine applications for leave to appear at this hearing and will not be taking evidence from witnesses.

In preparation for future hearings, the Commission has today published Practice Guideline 3 which sets out information about the procedures for leave to appear and arrangements for witnesses.

Information about upcoming hearings, including the particular topics to be covered and the scope of public hearing, will be published on the Royal Commission website. These updates will include an invitation for written applications for leave to appear. Applications for leave can be made by people or entities with a direct or substantial interest in the hearing once information about hearing topics has been published.

Practice Guideline 3 also provides information about procedures relating to the Commission's approach to the identification, contact and the taking of evidence from witnesses, including procedures for cross-examination.  

Further information on arrangements for witnesses, including witness expenses, will be available shortly on the Commission's website. Arrangements for the tendering of documents other than witness statements are also set out in this guideline.

The Commission has also published its first background paper on its website. This paper provides information about features of the Australian Banking Industry.

The Commission has received a number of submissions from the public through its online form on the website and encourages individuals and organisations to use the online form to provide the Commission with information relating to the areas of inquiry set out in the Commission's Terms of Reference.

The online form for submissions will remain open on the Commission's website for the coming months.

The Royal Commission can be contacted by email at FSRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au for general enquiries and at FSRCmedia@royalcommission.gov.au for media enquiries.