The bushfire royal commission has been extended by two months, taking its reporting deadline to October 28.
Inquiry chairman Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin said coronavirus had disrupted its schedule and made it difficult for stakeholders to make their submissions on time.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements in February following the Black Summer bushfires, which destroyed about 3000 homes between NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
He set a reporting deadline of August 31, arguing the inquiry must lead to “practical action” ahead of the next fire season, which in 2019 began in August in northern NSW. The inquiry’s terms of reference are focused on changes needed to help prevent, mitigate and respond to bushfires and other natural disasters.