On Thursday 19 March 2015, the State Government established the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission to consider the practical, economic and ethical issues raised by South Australia’s greater participation in the four areas of activity that form part of the nuclear fuel cycle - mining, enrichment, energy and storage.
In its investigations, the Royal Commission heard from 132 expert witnesses, including 41 international experts, over 37 sitting days.
The Royal Commission’s Tentative Findings were released on Monday 15 February 2016, attracting a further 170 direct responses.
The Final Report was presented to Government on Friday 6 May 2016, and publicly released on Monday 9 May 2016.
On Tuesday 10 May 2016, the Premier announced a statewide consultation process encouraging every South Australian to carefully consider the evidence, understand the choices and provide their views on the Royal Commission’s Report.
On Tuesday 17 May 2016 he confirmed the next steps in the consultation process:
- establishment of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency, to aid community understanding of the Royal Commission’s report and facilitate the community consultation process
- appointments to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Advisory Board, an independent board to oversee the agency throughout the consultation process
- introduction of a motion to establish a Joint House Select Committee to consider the findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, focusing on the issues associated with the establishment of a nuclear waste storage facility.
For more information on the agency and the board, read the Premier's Ministerial Statement (PDF, 40KB).