Public Inquiry under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991

On 15 May 2017 the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation appointed the Honourable Patricia Anne Bergin SC as an Authorised Inspector under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 to investigate the matters referred to in the terms of the Inquiry in respect to the Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch), the RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution (also known as RSL DefenceCare) and its Trustees and RSL LifeCare Limited.

On Monday 14 August 2017 the Charitable Fundraising Amendment (Inquiries) Act 2017 was assented to and the Inquiry was reconstituted as a Public Inquiry.  The Honourable Patricia Anne Bergin SC, is taken to have been appointed as the Public Inquirer from the commencement of the Charitable Fundraising Amendment (Inquiries) Act 2017.

The terms of the Public Inquiry can be found here.

It is anticipated that public hearings will commence on 5 September 2017.

A copy of the Public Inquiry’s Guidelines can be found here.

The Public Inquirer is required to report to the Minister by 1 February 2018 on the Inquiry, the information obtained and any appropriate recommendations.

Contact details for the Public Inquiry: or call 1800 213 428.