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Performance measure 5.1: Establishment of royal commissions and other bodies

Royal commissions and other bodies are established in accordance with government requirements, including by making appointments, establishing governance and financial arrangements, setting up corporate systems, tabling reports and decommissioning.

This performance measure was achieved.

Performance targets

Result

5.1.1 Establishment of the Office of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention

ACHIEVED

5.1.2 Tabling of final reports for:

  • the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Quality and Safety
  • the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

ACHIEVED

Source

  • Portfolio Budget Statements 2020–21, Outcome 1, Program 1.7, page 38
  • Corporate Plan 2020–24, page 43

5.1.1 In February 2020, the Prime Minister announced a National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention would be established. The Office of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention was established and commenced operations in November 2020 with the appointment of the interim National Commissioner, Dr Bernadette Boss CSC. The Official Secretary was appointed and 20 staff employed. A website and phone line was established for the public to contact the office.

5.1.2 In 2020–21, the final reports of 2 royal commissions were completed:

  • The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was tabled in both chambers of Parliament on 15 March 2021.
  • The Final Report of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was tabled in both chambers of Parliament on 9 November 2020.

We use this target as a proxy measure for efficiency. Tabling the final reports of these royal commissions by the deadlines represents the completion of the work of the royal commissions and gives an indication of the efficiency of the department’s assistance to these inquiries.