About the Commissioner

Bret Walker SC is a barrister practising from Sydney since 9 November 1979 mainly in general appellate advocacy, equity/commercial, administrative and Constitutional Law. He was appointed Senior Counsel (NSW) in December 1993 and Queen’s Counsel (WA) in 1994.

On 21 April 2011, Mr Walker was appointed for a three year term as inaugural Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review the operation of Australia's counter-terrorism and national security legislation and report regularly to the Prime Minister and Parliament.

The Commissioner has previously undertaken a number of Commissions of Inquiry:

  • Conducted a Special Commission of Inquiry into Sydney Ferries Corporation to report on action which should be taken to improve the ability of the Sydney Ferries Corporation to provide safe, efficient and customer-focussed ferry services. Inquiry concluded on 31 October 2007.
  • Counsel conducting an Inquiry under sec 31 of the Casino Control Act 1992 into, among other matters, the suitability of the Casino operator 2006-2007.
  • Commissioner, Special Commission of Inquiry into Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals 2003‑2004.
  • Commissioner of Inquiry into practices at NSW Institute of Forensic Medicine at Glebe 2001.
  • Commissioner of Inquiry into certain matters including National Parks and Wildlife Service urban communities and road maintenance responsibilities arising from the Coroner’s report on the Thredbo landslide 2000.

About the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission

The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission was established by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia on 23 January 2018. The purpose of the Royal Commission is to investigate the operations and effectiveness of the Murray-Darling Basin system.  

The Royal Commissioner can obtain information for the inquiry by seeking relevant documents, taking evidence from people who have relevant experiences with the Murray-Darling Basin and receiving formal written submissions from people or organisations.