The investigation team starts drafting the inquiry report in earnest after the Commissioners have considered the analysis and confirmed the direction of the findings and potential recommendations.
Drafting the report
The drafting process involves extensive internal peer review. The Commissioners may consider the draft report more than once before approving it for confidential consultation with legally entitled individuals and organisation.
Consultation takes place under special legal protections to ensure natural justice, accuracy and completeness can be achieved in the final report, without any person of organisation being unfairly treated by the contents of a draft report which may change. The time made available for consultation can vary between three and six weeks depending upon the complexity of the inquiry and whether overseas interests are involved.