In performing its functions, a committee:
(a) must act in accordance with this Division; and
(b) must act with as little formality and as quickly as this Division and a proper consideration of the issues before the committee allow; and
(c) is not bound by the rules of evidence; and
(d) may obtain information about an issue in any way it considers appropriate (subject to subregulation 42(9)); and
(e) may receive information or submissions orally or in writing; and
(f) must comply with any directions given, in writing, to the committee by the Minister or the Secretary about the committee's performance of its functions (other than a direction about advice given or proposed to be given by the committee).