Inquiry into the functions of the Independent Assessor and the performance of those functions

On 27 October 2021 the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the functions of the Independent Assessor and the performance of those functions. 

This follows a request from the Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, and Minister Assisting the Premier with Olympic Infrastructure to conduct a review into the functions of the Independent Assessor, in accordance with the committee’s general oversight responsibilities for the Independent Assessor.

Terms of reference

That the State Development and Regional Industries Committee inquire into and report to the Legislative Assembly on the functions of the Independent Assessor and the performance of those functions, in particular:

  • whether the performance by the Independent Assessor of the Independent Assessor’s functions is consistent with the intent of the local government complaints system,
  • whether the powers and resources of the Independent Assessor are being applied in accordance with the public interest, and
  • any amendments to the Local Government Act 2009 or changes to the functions, structures or procedures of the Independent Assessor that the committee considers desirable for the more effective operation of the Independent Assessor and/or the local government complaints system.


Submissions have now closed. 

It is a matter for the committee to determine whether or not a submission be published. 

Rules of the Queensland Parliament require committees to operate in as public and transparent manner as practicable, but these rules also require committees to take care that published material is not prejudicial to any person and is relevant to the committee’s inquiry. The committee has taken a considered approach to these requirements.  

The secretariat will be able to assist with further questions about the publication of submissions.


The committee conducted public hearings in regional Queensland and Brisbane. 


Monday, 28 February 2022 – Transcript


Tuesday, 1 March 2022 - Transcript


Wednesday, 2 March 2022 - Transcript


Wednesday, 2 March 2022 - Transcript


Monday, 7 March 2022 – Via video conference - Broadcast - Transcript


Tuesday, 8 March 2022 - Transcript


Friday, 18 March 2022 - Transcript


Monday, 21 March 2022 - Transcript


Tuesday, 22 March 2022 – Broadcast (Morning) - Broadcast (Afternoon) - Transcript - both sessions


Submissions closed:15 December 2021
Public briefing:6 December 2021 10:00am to 12:00pm - broadcast part 1part 2 - transcript
Initial public hearing: 6 December 2021 1:00pm to 2:00pm - broadcasttranscript
Public briefing:7 December 2021 10:00am to 1:30pm - broadcast part 1part 2proof transcript
Public hearing:9 February 2022 Brisbane 09:00am to 2:45pm, Parliamentary Annexe - broadcasttranscript
Regional Public Hearing(s):February/March 2022 as detailed above
Public hearing:22 March 2022 - Broadcast (Morning) - Broadcast (Afternoon) - Transcript - both sessions
Public briefing:Thursday, 28 April 2022 - Program - Transcript 

Additional Information

More information on the Independent Assessor can be found here. 

videos from the inquiry 

Click here to view committee members discuss inquiry timeline and call for submissions. 

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