(1) The Commission must conduct a community interest inquiry in public.
(2) In conducting a community interest inquiry, the Commission may—
(a) determine the area or locality in the State to which the inquiry relates;
(b) call for submissions from interested organisations and members of the public;
(c) consult with persons or bodies the Commission considers appropriate and seek submissions from those persons and bodies.
(3) The Commission must advise that a community interest inquiry is being conducted by the Commission—
(a) by notice published in the Government Gazette; and
(b) by notice published on the Internet site of the Commission; and
(c) if the inquiry relates to a particular area or locality—by notice published in a newspaper circulating in the area or locality to which the inquiry relates.
(4) The Commission must—
(a) in the notices required to be published under subsection (3), invite the public to make submissions to the Commission in relation to the community interest inquiry within the time specified in those notices;
(b) set out the manner and form in which submissions may be made.
(5) All submissions made to the Commission that—
(a) relate to the subject matter of the community interest inquiry; and
(b) are made within the time, manner and form specified by the Commission in the notices required to be published under subsection (3)—
must be considered by the Commission before the community interest inquiry is concluded.