The Royal Commission into the Failure of the West Gate Bridge was held between 28 October 1970 and the 15 June 1971. The Chair of the Commission was the Honourable, Mr. Justice Edward Hamilton Esler Barber.
The Commission was appointed to inquire into and report upon:
‘The circumstances surrounding and the cause or causes direct and indirect of the failure on the 15th day of October, 1970, of the steel span between piers 10 and 11 of the bridge known as “West Gate Bridge” being constructed over the Lower Yarra Crossing Authority over the Lower Yarra River at Spotswood.’
The report was released to the Victorian Parliament on 3 August 1971.