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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.

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.

The Queensland Family and Child Commission

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) was established on 1 July 2014 as a result of the Queensland Government's response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (Carmody Inquiry) – Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection 2013. The QFCC promotes the safety, wellbeing and best interests of children and young people, promotes and advocate the responsibility of families and communities to protect and care for children and young people, and improves the child protection system.

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.

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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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Last reviewed
13 August 2018
Last updated
13 August 2018
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