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Committee Membership

Mr Jon Krause, Member for Scenic Rim (Chair)
Mr Jimmy Sullivan, Member for Stafford (Deputy Chair)
Ms Jonty Bush, Member for Cooper 
Mr Michael Crandon, Member for Coomera
Mrs Melissa McMahon, Member for Macalister
Ms Jess Pugh, Member for Mount Ommaney
Dr Mark Robinson, Member for Oodgeroo

Functions of the Committee

The Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (the committee) is established under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001. The committee is a continuation of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (PCMC) which was established under the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 and the Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee (PCJC) which was established under the now repealed Criminal Justice Act 1989.

The principal functions of the committee are:

  • to monitor and review the performance of the functions, and the structure of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC or the Commission);
  • to report to Parliament on matters relevant to the Commission; and
  • to participate in the appointment of Commissioners and the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.

The CCC is a unique body in Australia, combining under the one agency functions and responsibilities as diverse as major and organised crime investigations, police misconduct and corruption investigations, complaint resolution, research, and witness protection. The Commission was formed on 1 January 2002 from a merger of the former Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) and the Queensland Crime Commission (QCC).

The committee has a continual role in monitoring and reviewing the Commission and also conducts specific inquiries in respect of matters pertaining to the Commission. It is through the committee that the Commission is accountable to the Parliament and to the people of Queensland.

To monitor and review the Commission

In monitoring the Commission's activities, the committee:

  • receives and considers complaints against the Commission;
  • reviews Commission guidelines and policies and may make suggestions for improvement of Commission practices;
  • reviews Commission reports including its annual report and research reports;
  • requests reports from the Commission on matters which have come to the committee’s attention, through the media or by other means; and
  • deals with ad hoc issues concerning the Commission as they arise.

In addition, the committee holds regular public and private meetings with the Commission.

Complaints about the CCC and its officers

When considering complaints against the Commission, the committee does not act as an appeal body against determinations made by the Commission, nor can it substitute its conclusion for that of the Commission in relation to a matter dealt with by the Commission.

The committee has no jurisdiction in relation to any other organisation or body, and does not carry out original investigations into allegations of corruption or police misconduct.

The committee has a policy of only considering complaints made in writing. Complaints may be forwarded by post or email. Please see the guide to making a complaint about the Crime and Corruption Commission to the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee.

To report to Parliament

The second main function of the committee is to report to Parliament on the operations and activities of the Commission so that it is accountable to the Parliament and people of Queensland.

The committee's general function is to comment and report on the full range of the Commission's operations at the committee's discretion. In addition, it has responsibility to report on any matter referred to it by the Parliament and to conduct and report to the parliament on its five yearly reviews of the Commission’s activities.

The Committee must also periodically review the structure of the commission, including the relationship between the types of commissioners and the roles, functions and powers of the commission, the chairman and the chief executive officer.

Participation in the selection of the Commission Officers

The committee also plays a role in the selection of Crime and Corruption Commission Officers in the following ways:

  • before selecting any person for appointment as a Commissioner or Chief Executive Officer, the Minister is required to consult with the committee; and
  • the Minister may nominate a person for appointment, only if their nomination has the bipartisan support of the Committee.

Powers of the Committee

The Crime and Corruption Act and the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 confer certain powers upon the committee to enable it to fulfil the statutory functions and responsibilities imposed upon it, including the power to:

  • call for persons, documents and other things;
  • administer oaths to witnesses; and
  • examine witnesses on oath.

In addition, the committee has the power to issue guidelines to the Commission or to direct the Commission to investigate specific matters regarding alleged corrupt conduct.

 

Office of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Commissioner

Under the Crime and Corruption Act, the Parliamentary Commissioner has the functions, as required by the Committee, to do the following:

  • Audit records kept by the Commission and operational files and accompanying documentary material held by the Commission, including current sensitive operations.
  • Investigate, including by accessing operational files of the Commission to which the committee is denied access, complaints made against, or concerns expressed about, the conduct or activities of the Commission or a Commission Officer.
  • Independently investigate allegations of possible unauthorised disclosure of information or other material that, under the Crime and Corruption Act, is confidential.
  • Inspect the register of confidential information kept under the Act to verify the Commission's reasons for withholding information from the committee.
  • Review reports by the Commission to the committee to verify their accuracy and completeness, particularly in relation to an operational matter.
  • Report, and make recommendations, to the committee on the results of performing the functions above.
  • Perform other functions the committee considers necessary or desirable.

The Parliamentary Commissioner must conduct an annual review of the intelligence data in the possession of the Commission and the Queensland Police Service. The Parliamentary Commissioner must then prepare a written advice on the review to be given to the Commission Chairperson, the Police Commissioner and the Chair of the committee.

The Parliamentary Commissioner has further responsibilities under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 and the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 pursuant to amendments made by the Cross-Border Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment Act 2005.

The Parliamentary Commissioner must inspect the records of the Commission to decide the extent of the Commission's compliance with the legislative requirements relating to surveillance device warrants, retrieval warrants and emergency authorisations. The Parliamentary Commissioner must then make written reports to the Committee at six monthly intervals on the results of each inspection.

The Parliamentary Commissioner must inspect the records of the Commission at least once every 12 months to find out the extent of the Commission's compliance with the legislative requirements relating to controlled operations. As soon as practicable after 30 June each year, the Parliamentary Commissioner must prepare a report of the work and the activities of the Commission under the controlled operations provisions for the preceding 12 months. The Parliamentary Commissioner must give a copy of the report to the Commission Chairman and the Chair of the committee.

The Parliamentary Commissioner must audit the Commission's records relating to assumed identities at least once every six months. The Parliamentary Commissioner must give the Commission Chairman a written report of the results of the audit.

With the Commission declared an eligible agency under the Commonwealth telecommunications legislation on 7 July 2009, the Parliamentary Commissioner became the inspection entity of the Commission under the Telecommunications Interception Act 2009 (Qld). This involves six-monthly inspections of the Commission's telecommunications interception records and the preparation of an annual report to be provided to the State Attorney-General

Pursuant to amendments made to the Crime and Corruption Act, from  1 July 2014 the Parliamentary Commissioner has the function to commence investigations on his or her own initiative where:

  • the matter relates to conduct a Commission officer that involves corrupt conduct; and
  • the Parliamentary Commissioner is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the Commission has not or may not adequately deal with the matter; or
  • it is in the public interest.

The Parliamentary Commissioner is permitted to undertake a preliminary assessment of a matter to decide whether these circumstances are satisfied for the matter.

The Parliamentary Commissioner can initiate investigations into:

  • complaints made against, or concerns expressed about, the conduct or activities of the Commission or a Commission officer;
  • allegations of possible unauthorised disclosure of information or other material that is confidential under the Crime and Corruption Act;
  • a matter notified to the Parliamentary Commissioner under section 329 of the Crime and Corruption Act.

The current Parliamentary Commissioner is Mr Michael Woodford.

Staff

Ms Erin Jameson, Committee Secretary
Mr Gregory Thomson, Assistant Committee Secretary
Ms Nicola Ryan, Committee Support Officer

Hearings

Please note that not all committee hearings and briefings are broadcast.

Watch live and archived broadcasts of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee here.