After the 1987–89 Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption, the Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) was established in 1989 to help restore confidence in our public institutions. The two-year inquiry also led to the creation of the Queensland witness protection service within the CJC.
The CJC investigated police and public sector misconduct as well as working with the police to investigate organised and major crime. In 1997 the CJC’s crime function was given to the newly formed Queensland Crime Commission (QCC), which was also tasked with investigating paedophilia.
In 2001 the Queensland Government decided to form a single body to fight crime and public sector misconduct — the Crime and Misconduct Commission, a statutory body created under the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001.
Following extensive reviews and legislative changes, the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 changed to the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 and the CMC became the Crime and Corruption Commission. A new jurisdiction and framework for the CCC was developed with a focus on serious and systemic corruption.