Special Commissions of Inquiry

Select a Special Commission of Inquiry to see the list of publications available for download.

Acute Care Services in NSW Public Hospitals

The Final Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Acute Care Services in NSW Public Hospitals is also known as the Garling Report.

Astill Inquiry

Inquiry into offending by former corrections officer Wayne Astill at Dillwynia Women’s Correctional Centre.

Child Protection Services in NSW

The Inquiry was conducted by the Hon James Wood AO QC to determine what changes within the child protection system were required to cope with future levels of demand once the current reforms to that system were complete.

The Drug 'Ice'

The Commissioner has made 109 recommendations in relation to handling methamphetamine and amphetamine-type stimulants across government.

Electricity Transactions

On 27 October 2010, the Premier announced an Inquiry to investigate options to reduce or defer electricity network charges in order to place downward pressure on electricity price increases.

Healthcare funding

On 24 August 2023, the NSW Government announced the creation of a new Special Commission of Inquiry tasked with conducting a review of healthcare funding in NSW. The Inquiry will also be tasked with identifying opportunities to deliver higher quality, more timely, and more accessible patient-centred care.

LGBTIQ hate crimes

Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes was established by Letters Patent signed on 13 April 2022 and tasked with investigating unsolved suspected hate crime deaths of LGBTIQ people (or people who were presumed to be LGBTIQ) in NSW between 1970 and 2010.

Matters relating to investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese

Margaret Cunneen SC inquired into and reported on matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations into the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Medical Research and Compensation Foundation

David Jackson QC conducted the Inquiry into the establishment of the Medical Research and Compensation Foundation.

NSW Crime Commission

The Inquiry looked at whether the NSW Crime Commission is complying with the NSW Crime Commission Act 1988 and the Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990 in the exercise of its functions.

The Ruby Princess

Bret Walker SC conducted the Inquiry into the voyage of the Ruby Princess and subsequent efforts to diagnose and treat, and to contain the community transmission of COVID-19 by, Ruby Princess passengers.

Sydney Ferries

The Inquiry reported on action which should be taken to improve the ability of the Sydney Ferries Corporation to provide safe, efficient and customer-focused ferry services.

NSW Bushfires

In January 2020 the NSW Government commissioned an independent expert Inquiry into the 2019-2020 bushfire season to provide input to NSW ahead of the next bushfire season.

Trade Commissioner to Americas employment process

The Inquiry was conducted by Mr Graeme Head AO into the employment arrangements for the Senior Investment and Trade Commissioner for the Americas.

Compliance with the Ministerial Code of Conduct

Ministers are required to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct. This Inquiry looked into former Minister for Trade, Mr Stuart Ayres, and whether he complied with the Ministerial Code of Conduct when Mr John Barilaro was selected as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas.


In 2010 an independent Inquiry looked into workplace bullying and harassment within WorkCover, a NSW Government agency.

Sydney Water

The Inquiry into the contamination of Sydney's water supply was conducted by Peter McClellan QC.

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