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Statutory authorities

There are a number of independent statutory authorities working as part of the Queensland justice system. Some report to Parliament through the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and a number of others report directly to Parliament.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

Independent statutory authorities which report to Parliament through the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice include:

Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland receives and deals with complaints of discrimination and other contraventions of the Act and promotes human rights.

Director of Public Prosecutions

The Director of Public Prosecutions is an independent officer responsible for providing the state with expert legal representation so that the evidence against someone accused of a serious crime can be properly presented to the court.

Legal Aid Queensland

Legal Aid Queensland provides access to justice for disadvantaged Queenslanders by providing legal information, advice and representation.

Legal Services Commissioner

The Legal Services Commissioner works to protect the rights of legal consumers and promote high standards of conduct in the delivery of legal services in Queensland. The commission receives and deals with complaints about lawyers, conducts investigations and audits, initiates disciplinary or other regulatory action, contributes to policy discussion and undertakes projects and research.

Queensland Law Reform Commissioner

The Queensland Law Reform Commissioner makes recommendations about areas of law in need of reform and submits reports to the Attorney-General which are required to be tabled in Parliament.

Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian protects the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people in the child protection system and adults with impaired decision making capacity.

The Public Advocate

The Public Advocate protects and promotes the rights, autonomy and participation of all Queenslanders with impaired decision-making capacity through statutory systems advocacy.

The Public Trustee

The Public Trustee is the largest trust office in Queensland and provides financial, trustee and legal services to the people of Queensland.

Prostitution Licensing Authority

The Prostitution Licensing Authority (PLA) is responsible for ensuring licensed brothels and prostitution advertising is regulated in accordance with community interest and the law.

Parole Boards

Parole Boards are statutory authorities that make decisions on whether eligible offenders are ready for supervised release into the community. There are three Parole Boards in total: Queensland Parole Board; Southern Queensland Regional Parole Board and Central and Northern Queensland Regional Parole Board.

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Parliament

Independent statutory authorities which report directly to Parliament include:

Crime and Corruption Commission

The Crime and Corruption Commission combats major crime, raises public sector integrity and protects witnesses. Other services also include research, advice, intelligence and surveillance.

Electoral Commission of Queensland

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) administers electoral laws, conducts parliamentary and industrial elections and reviews local government boundaries.

Office of the Ombudsman

The Queensland Ombudsman's Office ensures state government departments and bodies, and local councils, act fairly and make the right decisions for Queenslanders. This includes working with public agencies to improve their decision-making and administrative practice for the benefit of the community.

Office of the Information Commissioner

The Office of the Information Commissioner promotes access to government-held information and protects people’s personal information held by government under the Information Privacy Act 2009.

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Contacts

Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland

Address
Level 17
53 Albert St
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
PO Box 15565
City East QLD 4002

Phone
1300 130 670

Fax
+ 61 7 3247 0960

Email
info@adcq.qld.gov.au

Website
www.adcq.qld.gov.au

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Address
State Law Building
50 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
GPO Box 2403
Brisbane QLD 4001

Phone
+61 7 3239 6840
1800 673 428 (toll free outside Brisbane)

Fax
+61 7 3220 0035

The Public Trustee provides Enduring Powers of Attorney, free Wills, investment, executor and financial administration services to Queenslanders.

Phone
1300 360 044

Email
clientenq@pt.qld.gov.au

Website
www.pt.qld.gov.au

Queensland Law Reform Commission

Address
Level 30
400 George Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
PO Box 13321
George Street Post Shop
Brisbane QLD 4003

Phone
+61 7 3247 4544

Fax
+61 7 3247 9045

Email
lawreform.commission@justice.qld.gov.au

Website
www.qlrc.qld.gov.au

Crime and Corruption Commission

Address
Level 2
North Tower
Green Square
515 St Pauls Terrace
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Postal address
PO Box 3123
Brisbane QLD 4001

Phone
+61 7 3360 6060 or 1800 061 611 (toll free outside Brisbane)

Fax
+61 7 3360 6333

Email
mailbox@ccc.qld.gov.au

Website
www.ccc.qld.gov.au

Electoral Commission Queensland

Address
Level 6
Forestry House
160 Mary Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
GPO Box 1393
Brisbane QLD 4001

Phone
1300 881 665

Fax
+61 7 3229 7391

Email
ecq@ecq.qld.gov.au

Website
www.ecq.qld.gov.au

Queensland Ombudsman

The Queensland Ombudsman investigates complaints about state government agencies, local councils and public universities. We also help agencies improve their decision-making and administrative practice.

Address
Level 17
53 Albert Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
GPO Box 3314
Brisbane QLD 4001

Phone
+61 7 3005 7000 or 1800 068 908 (toll free outside Brisbane)

Fax
+61 7 3005 7067

Email
ombudsman@ombudsman.qld.gov.au

Website
www.ombudsman.qld.gov.au

Office of Information Commissioner

Address
Level 8
160 Mary Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
PO Box 10143
Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Phone
+61 7 3234 7373

Fax
+61 7 3405 1122

Email
enquiries@oic.qld.gov.au

Website
www.oic.qld.gov.au

Last reviewed
8 March 2016
Last updated
9 March 2016

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