Past Inquiries

Inquiry Report By Submissions Closed

Committee Secretariat Contact

Parliament House
George Street


Committee Membership

Mr Peter Russo MP, Member for Toohey, Chair
Mr James Lister MP, Member for Southern Downs, Deputy Chair
Mr Stephen Andrew MP, Member for Mirani
Mrs Laura Gerber MP, Member for Currumbin
Mrs Melissa McMahon MP, Member for Macalister
Ms Corrine McMillan MP, Member for Mansfield

Functions of the Committee

The information on this page relates to the committees of the 54th, 55th and 56th Parliaments. The 56th Parliament ended with the dissolution of the Parliament on 6 October 2020.


The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee of the 56th Parliament was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 15 February 2018 as a portfolio committee with responsibility for the following areas:

  • Justice and Attorney-General
  • Police and Corrective Services
  • Fire and Emergency Services, and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.*

In relation to its areas of responsibility, the Committee:

  • examines Bills to consider the policy to be enacted;
  • examines the estimates of each department;
  • examines Bills for the application of the fundamental legislative principles set out in section 4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1992;
  • considers the compatibility of Bills with the Human Rights Act 2019, including examining statements of compatibility for Bills;
  • considers the lawfulness of subordinate legislation;
  • assesses the public accounts of each department in regard to the integrity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial management by:
    • examining government financial documents, and
    • considering the annual and other reports of the auditor-general.
  • considers Departments’ public works in light of matters including, but not limited to the:
    • suitability of the works for the purpose,
    • necessity for the works,
    • value for money of the works,
    • revenue produced by, and recurrent costs of, the works, or estimates of revenue and costs,
    • present and prospective public value of the works,
    • procurement methods used for the works, and
    • actual suitability of the works in meeting the needs in and achieving the stated purpose of the works.

The Committee also had a monitor and review function in relation to the performance of the functions of the Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner, the Queensland Family & Child Commission, Family Responsibilities Commission* and must be consulted regarding senior appointments to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The Committee must also investigate any issue referred to it by the Legislative Assembly or under an Act, whether or not the issue is within the Committee’s areas of responsibility.

*effective from 21 May 2020, following a change in ministerial responsibilities.