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Commissions of Inquiry
Service OverviewThe Department of Internal Affairs provides administrative assistance to Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry.
These Commissions are able to inquire into any matter of major public importance or concern to the Government of the day.
Their effectiveness lies in their ability to focus solely on the matter presented to them and to make any inquiries they see fit in order to get to the bottom of the issues.
An inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908 should be considered when the situation is so unusual that no other approach will do, such as:
The type of inquiry is decided upon after discussions between Ministers and officials, with advice from Crown Law Office and State Services Commission as required.
Guidelines for running a Commission of Inquiry
Although not intended as a substitute for legal advice, the publication Setting Up and Running Commissions of Inquiry, published in 2001, will assist everyone involved in a Commission of Inquiry, ranging from politicians who must decide when a Commission is appropriate through to members of the public who wish to attend or study them.
This publication is available:
Recent Commissions of Inquiry
Last updated: 25/01/2005