Public hearing into the Australian Defence Force

Public hearing into the Australian Defence Force

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday, 21 June 2016 commencing at 10:00am AEST.
The public hearing will inquire into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children in certain divisions of the Australian Defence Force.


The hearing will be held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

1. The experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse of the following institutions operated by the Australian Defence Force (ADF):

a. HMAS Leeuwin in the period 1960 to 1980

b. The Army Apprentice School Balcombe in the period 1970 to 1980, and

c.  ADF Cadets in the period 2000 to present.

 2. The systems, policies, practices and procedures of the ADF and the ADF Cadets to prevent child sexual abuse, and raising and responding to concerns and complaints about child sexual abuse, in the above listed institutions.             
3. Any related matters.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 31 May 2016.

Apply for leave to appear using our application form.
Leave to appear will generally be granted when an applicant:

a. has been summoned to give evidence

b. is an institution, or is a representative of an institution, that is subject to the inquiry to be undertaken

c. may be the subject of an adverse allegation.

It is not essential for a person who will appear as a witness in a hearing to apply for leave to appear – witnesses may appear and give evidence without applying for leave.
The form should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:
Email:; or Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001.