Commissions of inquiry

Parliamentary committees
Governmental investigations


After the silence

Other authors
Mona Chatskin, Megan Deas, Tanja Dreher, Kristy Hess, Emma John, Samantha Joseph, Alanna Myers, Eli Skogerbø, Poppy de Souza, Lisa Waller
This report provides a snapshot of the wide-ranging work that has been undertaken for the 'Breaking Silences: Media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission project'.

Complaint mechanisms: reporting pathways for violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation

This report provides guidance on the design of accessible and inclusive complaint mechanisms that work as pathways to report violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. It also identifies a series of improvements which could be made to existing complaints mechanisms.
Discussion paper

The importance of public hearings: the case against the “exceptional circumstances” test

This paper argues that the 'exceptional circumstances' test in the Commonwealth’s National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022 is unhelpful, vague and counterproductive. The test will impede the ability of the National Anti-Corruption Commission to uncover corruption and misconduct.

IBAC’s referral and oversight of Emma’s complaints about Victoria Police’s response to family violence by a police officer: special report

This report highlights the experience of ‘Emma’ (not her real name), who was the victim of significant violence perpetrated by her then partner, who was at the time a serving member of Victoria Police.

Yoorrook with purpose: interim report

This interim report, the first from an Australian truth-telling Commission, details Aboriginal elders’ experiences of ongoing pain and harm to Victorian First Peoples at the individual, family, community and state level.
Position paper

Designing the National Integrity Commission: critical design details

This position paper outlines what the Centre for Public Integrity believes are the essential elements that should form the design of a National Integrity Commission for Australia.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says Richard Colbeck has appeared before the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 'many, many times'. Is that correct?

Scott Morrison says Richard Colbeck has appeared before the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 'many, many times'. Verdict: Mr Morrison's claim is wrong.

Review of WorkSafe New Zealand’s performance of its regulatory functions in relation to activities on Whakaari White Island

This is a review of the way in which WorkSafe New Zealand performed its regulatory functions in relation to Whakaari White Island eruption in 2019.
Discussion paper

Which watchdog?

This paper asserts that comparing the features of existing state integrity commissions with the models proposed by the federal government, the ALP and Helen Haines, the Morrison Government’s Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) would be the weakest and least effective integrity agency in the country.
Journal article

Public inquiries as procedural policy tools

In this journal article, the authors conceptualise the public inquiry as a procedural tool and address the question of what makes a public inquiry an effective policy instrument.

Youth justice in Australia: themes from recent inquiries

This paper explores key themes arising from recent reviews into Australian youth justice systems.

Report of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission

The Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission was established to examine the role and work of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and to learn lessons that can be applied to how it operates in future. This report sets out the commission's findings.

Hong Kong: missing truth, missing justice

This report sets out the necessity and international legal framework for establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate the widespread human rights violations related to the protests that erupted in 2019. It also makes recommendations regarding the establishment of such a commission, including its composition...
Briefing paper

A history of aged care reviews

This background paper provides an overview of many of the major public reports and inquiries related to publicly-funded aged care in Australia since 1997, with a greater focus on the more recent of them. It deals primarily with official inquiries that generally involved submissions and...
Audio interview

Behind the Family Court inquiry

Pauline Hanson claims that the Family Court is biased against men. In this interview, investigative journalist and author Jess Hill discusses the objective research into the treatment of mothers and fathers in the Family Court.

Implementation of ANAO and parliamentary committee recommendations

The objective of the audit was to examine whether selected entities implemented agreed ANAO performance audit, the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, and other parliamentary committee recommendations.
Briefing paper

The House is in session: key committees in the 116th Congress

This briefing paper argues that the Trump cabinet and senior officials are about to experience something they avoided in their first two years: critical, and often extremely hostile, examination under oath about what they do, why they do it, and who told them to do...

Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in parliamentary inquiries

The overall aim of this work was to inform parliaments, and in particular parliamentary committees, of the strategies that could be developed to better engage CALD communities in the work of future parliamentary inquiries.

Inquiry into the RSPCA Victoria

This report primarily looks at two issues: the use of its powers by the RSPCA Victoria; and its expenditure of government funding.

Inquiry into the CFA training college at Fiskville: final report

Terms of Reference: Received from the Legislative Assembly on 23 December 2014: That, under s 33 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, an inquiry into the CFA training college at Fiskville be referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee for consideration, inquiry and completion...

Estimates hearings and government control of the Senate

Created in 1970, the system of Senate estimates committees was intended as a more effective means for senators to put questions to ministers and public servants about government activities. Often a thorn in the side of government, the committees have played an important role in...