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.
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 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.
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.