Accountability and leadership
The CCC is subject to a range of accountability mechanisms.
The Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) is an all-party parliamentary committee that oversees the CCC’s performance and activities and deals with complaints against it. The CCC reports to the PCCC every two months by means of both public and confidential reports and discussions.
The Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Commissioner also undertakes audits and inspections of CCC compliance on behalf of the PCCC.
Queensland’s Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Training and Skills is responsible for the allocation of the CCC budget. The CCC reports to the Attorney-General on its efficiency, effectiveness, economy and timeliness.
The CCC is headed by a five-member group referred to as “the Commission”, which functions as the board of the CCC. The Commission sets corporate policy and strategic direction and has primary oversight responsibility for budget, performance, risk management.
As at February 2017, Commission members are:
- (Chairperson) QC
- (Deputy Chairperson)
- (Ordinary Commissioner)
- Ms Deborah Holliday (Ordinary Commissioner)
- Professor Anne Tiernan (Ordinary Commissioner)
The Executive Directors are:
- Ms Kathleen Florian (Executive Director, Crime)
- Ms Dianne McFarlane (Executive Director, Corruption)
- Ms Jen O’Farrell (Executive Director, Strategic and Corporate Services)
Other oversight of the CCC
The CCC must apply to the Supreme Court of Queensland before exercising some of its powers. The court also reviews some CCC decisions and decides contempt of court matters in relation to CCC hearings.
The Public Interest Monitor monitors CCC compliance with key legislation, including examining the CCC’s applications for covert search warrants and surveillance warrants.