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Queensland Government's new regime to tackle serious organised crime in Queensland, in all its forms

Three key documents which are part of the Queensland Government’s new regime to tackle all forms of serious organised crime in Queensland, were publicly released by the Government on 4 April 2016:

  • The Government Response to the Report of the Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry
  • The Report of the Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation
  • The Review of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009

The Government Response to the Report of the Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry

The Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry (the Commission) commenced on 1 May 2015 to make inquiry into the extent and nature of organised crime in Queensland and its economic and societal impacts.  Mr Michael Byrne QC was appointed as Commissioner to lead the Inquiry.

On 30 October 2015, Mr Byrne QC presented the Commission’s Report to the Premier. The Report is available here (PDF, 6.17 MB). It contains 43 recommendations.

The Government Response is available here (PDF, 196.3 KB).

The Report of the Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation

The Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation (the Taskforce) complements the work of the Commission. The terms of reference required the Taskforce to review the legislative provisions, introduced and passed by Parliament in 2013, targeting organised crime and to note the Queensland Government’s intention to repeal, and replace the legislation whether by substantial amendment and/or new legislation.

The Taskforce commenced in June 2015 and was chaired by the Honourable Alan Wilson QC, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the membership reflected a broad range of expertise, including police officers, and the legal profession.

On 31 March 2016, Mr Wilson QC presented the Taskforce’s Report to the Attorney-General. The Taskforce report makes 60 recommendations proposing the repeal of the greater part of the 2013 suite of legislation and in its place the implementation of a renewed Organised Crime Framework.

The Report is available here (PDF, 4.8 MB).

The Review of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009

On 2 October 2015, the Honourable Alan Wilson QC was also tasked with reviewing the operation of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009, in accordance with the requirement in that Act that it be reviewed as soon as practicable after five years after its commencement. The object of the review was to decide whether the Criminal Organisation Act 2009 is operating effectively and meeting its objects.

On 15 December 2015, Mr Wilson QC presented the Review of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009 to the Attorney-General. The Review is available here (PDF, 2.05 MB).

Next Steps

The Queensland Government will continue to consider the Report of the Taskforce and the Review of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009.

A package of legislative reforms will be brought forward by the Attorney-General implementing the Government’s new regime to tackle all forms of serious organised crime in Queensland. The Government will work with key stakeholders in developing the new laws.

The current 2013 laws will remain in place and unchanged until the new laws have commenced.

Last reviewed
22 April 2016
Last updated
22 April 2016

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