‘Public inquiries’ refers to temporary ad hoc public bodies appointed by executive government to investigate and advise on a breadth of issues and whose members are draw predominantly from outside of government.
Public inquiries come in a wide range of different organisational forms and nomenclatures such as:
- royal commissions
- task forces
- working parties
A more detailed definition of public inquiries and their delineation from other investigatory and advisory institutions of government is provided in Defining Public Inquiries.