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A core participant is a person who:

  1. played, or may have played, a direct and significant role in relation to the matters to which the inquiry relates
  2. has a significant interest in a substantial aspect of the matters to which the inquiry relates
  3. may be subject to explicit or serious criticism during the inquiry or in the report

Participants, including survivors, agencies, faith-based institutions, and social service providers, can apply for core participant status at any time during the life of the inquiry. You can apply to be a core participant as an individual or as a representative of a group, organisation or body. The Royal Commission can also designate core participant status at any time, even if no application has been received.

Survivors do not need to apply for core participant status to be part of the Inquiry.

For some people, it will make sense to wait until a particular public hearing has been announced to apply for core participant status in relation to that hearing.

To apply to be a core participant, start by downloading the document below.

Application for Core Participant Status

Word Document, 191 KB

So far, nearly 2,200 survivors have shared their experience. Join them. Ā mohoa nei, neke atu i te 2,200 purapura ora kua kōrero mai i ō rātou haerenga. Hono mai.

We cannot make any findings, reach conclusions or make recommendations without hearing the voices of those who have the lived experience of state or faith-based care.

Share your experience Kōrerotia mai tō wheako