Office of the Independent Implementation Supervisor—WSJT reforms
The Office of the Independent Implementation Supervisor (OIIS) has been established to oversee the implementation of the Queensland Government responses to the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce (the Taskforce) recommendations, including the response to the report from the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence (Commission of Inquiry).
In March 2021 the Queensland Government established the independent Taskforce—chaired by the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC—to examine coercive control and review the need for a specific offence of ‘commit domestic violence’, and the experience of women across the criminal justice system.
The Taskforce’s first report—Hear her voice – Report One – Addressing coercive control and domestic and family violence in Queensland (Report One)—was released on 2 December 2021. It identified fundamental systemic and structural issues in Queensland’s justice system relating to its approach to matters of domestic and family violence (DFV) and made 89 recommendations for broad systemic reform.
The Queensland Government response to Report One was released on 10 May 2022, supported by a $363 million funding commitment to implement the recommendations. The response outlines government‘s commitment to support—or support in principle—all 89 of the report’s recommendations to further reform the justice and DFV service systems to ensure they keep victims safe and hold perpetrators to account.
The Taskforce’s second and final report—Hear her voice – Report Two – Women and girls' experiences across the criminal justice system (Report Two)—was released on 1 July 2022. Report Two made 188 recommendations for government to improve women and girls’ experiences of the criminal justice system as victim-survivors of sexual violence and as accused persons and offenders.
On 21 November 2022, the Queensland Government released its response to Report Two, supporting 103 recommendations in full, 71 recommendations in principle, and noting 14 recommendations. A $225 million funding package was committed to implementing the responses being led across government.
On 21 November 2022, the Queensland Government publicly released A call for change: Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence. The report makes 78 recommendations and the Queensland Government has provided in-principle support for all of the recommendations, and is investing $100 million in a reform package to provide enhanced support and protections to people experiencing DFV.
In all 3 reports, the Taskforce and Commission of Inquiry recommended the Queensland Government establish an independent implementation supervisor to oversee implementation of the government response.