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Strategic Policy and Legal Services

Strategic Policy

Strategic Policy provides policy advice to the Minister, the Director-General, other state government departments and Commonwealth agencies about all areas for which the minister and department are responsible. The unit often publishes discussion papers, exposure Bills and similar documents for the purposes of community consultation.

Consultation provides us with another way to connect with the community. It gives you the opportunity to get involved with the business of government. A list of current and recent consultation activities can be accessed by clicking the links below:

Legal Services

Legal Services provides support to business areas that service both the community and our corporate service functions.

The business units that make up Legal Services are:

Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel provides legal services to the Minister and executive management of the department on a wide range of matters including:

  • contractual and administrative law issues, statutory interpretation and workplace issues
  • managing litigation and other court or tribunal proceedings involving the department or departmental officer.

The team also administers a number of statutory applications made to the Attorney-General or the department including:

Application Authority
Interstate Prisoner Transfers Prisoners (Interstate Transfer) Act 1982
Financial help for legal services for CMC Crime investigation hearings Crime and Misconduct Act 2001
Appointment of Drug Analysts Drugs Misuse Act 1982
Request for restricted access documents held by State Archives Public Records Act 2002
Request by overseas courts and Tribunals for taking of evidence in Queensland Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters 1970
Appointment of Animal Valuers Tribunals Criminal Code (Animal Valuers) Regulation 1999
Applications to Solicitor-General for Crown Indemnity – Cabinet Guidelines Guideline for the Grant of Indemnities and Legal Assistance to State Employees

Right to Information and Privacy

The Right to Information and Privacy Unit is responsible for administering our obligations under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and Information Privacy Act 2009. This includes making access decisions on applications for documents under both Acts, and applications for amendment of personal information under the Information Privacy Act 2009.

RTI and Information Privacy legislation give broad access to documents of agencies and official documents of ministers, subject to certain restrictions.

Members of the public have the legal right to apply for:

  • access to documents held by government agencies
  • amendment of personal information held by government agencies.

The RTI Act also requires government agencies to publish a publication scheme showing what information the agency routinely makes available and how the information can be accessed.

For archived annual reports on the operation of the former FOI Act, please visit the Freedom of Information website.

Legal Services Commission

The Legal Services Commission is an independent statutory body created under the Legal Profession Act 2007 with statutory responsibility for:

  • receiving and dealing with complaints about the conduct of lawyers and law practice employees
  • commencing investigations on our own initiative when we have reason to believe lawyers or law firms have acted inappropriately
  • auditing incorporated legal practices to help them develop and maintain workplace cultures that enable them to deliver legal services to high ethical standards
  • as appropriate, bringing lawyers and law firms to account in the disciplinary bodies and the courts for unsatisfactory professional conduct, professional misconduct and related offences.

The Commission also undertakes a range of related educational, policy development, project and research activities directed.

Files relating to matters before the commission are not accessible to the general public due to privacy reasons. Documents including annual reports, forms guidelines and information sheets are publicly available on the Commission’s website.

The Right to Information Act 2009 (the RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (the IP Act) give a right of access to information held by government, unless, on balance it would be contrary to the public interest to release the information. You may wish to request access to documents held by the Legal Services Commission by way of an application under these Acts.

Legal Services Coordination Unit

The Legal Services Coordination Unit (LSCU) leads and promotes the development and implementation of legal services policy and practice across government. The LSCU also supports Queensland Government agencies to obtain efficient outcomes from legal service providers.

The LSCU:

  • administers, on behalf of the Attorney-General, Cabinet issued legal services directions and guidelines
  • provides advice on implementing legal services directions and guidelines to whole-of-government
  • manages legal services policy and reform initiatives, particularly those with whole-of-government implications
  • implements strategies to ensure government can access high quality and cost effective legal services
  • supports agencies to be informed purchasers of legal services
  • coordinates training opportunities and resources across government to support government lawyers
  • coordinates inter-agency forums, to enable government legal managers to develop and share practice management skills, knowledge and experience and collaboratively engage in the development of legal services policy initiatives and reforms
  • coordinates Queensland Government responses to coronial recommendations.

Contacts

Address
Level 17
State Law Building
50 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
GPO Box 149
Brisbane QLD 4001

Phone
+61 7 3239 3466

Fax
+61 7 3239 3046

Right to Information and Privacy Unit

Address
Level 17
State Law Building
50 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
GPO Box 149
Brisbane QLD 4001

Phone
+61 7 3227 7618

Fax
+61 7 3006 5929

Email
rtiadministration@justice.qld.gov.au

Last reviewed
9 February 2015
Last updated
9 March 2016

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