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You are here: Home Police Service Reviews Who we are and what we do

Who we are and what we do

Police officers with grievances about promotions, transfers and disciplinary matters other than misconduct can apply to have these decisions reviewed.

In Queensland, appeals are heard by an independent Review Commissioner external to the Queensland Police Service (QPS).


Who are the Review Commissioners?

Under section 9.2A(2) of the Police Service Administration Act 1990 the Chairperson of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) may nominate any of the following persons to be a Commissioner for police service reviews -

(a) a commissioner or former commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission;
(b) a former member of the Criminal Justice Commission;
(c) a person qualified for appointment as chairperson of the Crime and Corruption Commission;
(d) a person who has community service experience, or experience of community standards and expectations, relating to public sector officials and public sector administration.

The Governor in Council may appoint as a commissioner for police service reviews a person who

(a) is nominated for appointment under subsection (2)(b) to (d); and
(b) is not an ineligible person under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.

The person’s appointment must be notified by gazette notice.

The appointment is for the term, not longer than 3 years, and on the conditions, including conditions of remuneration, stated in the instrument of appointment.

More than 1 person may hold office as a commissioner for police service reviews at any time.

Review Commissioners are independent of the CCC and the QPS, and provide recommendations to the Commissioner of Police (the Commissioner). The Commissioner makes the final decision. If a recommendation is not accepted, the Commissioner must provide reasons to the Review Commissioner. If the applicant in a matter is aggrieved by the decision of the Commissioner, they may apply to the Supreme Court for a judicial review of the decision.

Current Review Commissioners are Ms Julie Cork and practising solicitor Mr Pat Mullins.

Review Commissioner Pat MullinsReview Commissioner Pat Mullins

Pat is a practicing solicitor and senior partner of Mullins Lawyers. Pat practises in the areas of employment, church and charities, education and insurance litigation and has over 35 years' experience in these fields.

Pat is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in both Personal Injuries Law and Mediation Law.  Pat's dual accreditation is unique in Queensland. He mediates disputes relating to personal injury, employment and industrial relations, deceased estates, commercial and other disputes.  He is the only accredited specialist in mediation law who mediates disputes in these areas.

Review Commissioner Julie CorkReview Commissioner Julie Cork

Julie has worked at senior and executive levels in both the Commonwealth and State public sectors. Her areas of expertise include governance, organisational effectiveness, leadership and management development, human resource management, misconduct, equity and diversity. In addition to her role as a Police Service Review Commissioner, she is a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal panel member. She runs an organisational consultancy business and works with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

She has previously held appointments as a lay panel member with the Legal Practices Tribunal (2004–2010) and Commissioner of the Crime and Misconduct Commission (2001–2004).

Role of Secretary, Police Service Reviews

An applicant who wishes to have an appointment decision or disciplinary action reviewed must email a completed Notice of Application to Review form to the Secretary, Police Service Reviews (PSR) within 14 days of the decision.

The Secretary, PSR undertakes the efficient day-to-day operations of the Police Service Reviews function and provides advice on the efficiency of those functions including:

    • Processing review applications and scheduling hearings before the Review Commissioners.
    • Providing procedural advice and administrative support to Review Commissioners to assist them perform their functions.
    • Providing advice relating to the reviews process to QPS officers.
    • Preparing required certifications and approvals for disbursements and payments to Review Commissioners.
    • Assisting in liaison with the QPS, in matters relating to the performance of the Police Service Reviews function.
    • Provide advice on the relevant legislation, QPS policy and process, concerning police service reviews.
    • Conduct inquiries on behalf of the Review Commissioners.


    Role of QPS Police Service Reviews

    The role of the Senior Sergeant, Police Service Reviews is to:

    • Provide advice on the relevant legislation, QPS policy and process, concerning police service reviews.
    • Contribute to the integrity of the review process and act impartially without providing a case for either the Appointee or the Applicant.
    • Receive and process documentation submitted by members involved in reviews in a timely manner to maintain the professionalism of the Police Service.
    • Provide professional assistance to the Secretary, PSR and Review Commissioners.
    • Provide advice to the Secretary, PSR and Review Commissioners as to the different functions, policies and processes of the QPS.
    • Conduct inquiries on behalf of the Secretary, PSR and Review Commissioners.
    • Maintain records and develop statistics relevant to police reviews.


    Role of Queensland Police Union of Employees

    A member of the QPUE is invited to attend PSR hearings as an observer. The member provides advice only, if required, and does not put forward a case for the parties of a review.


    Contact Us

    Secretary, Police Service Reviews

    Crime and Corruption Commission
    Level 2, North Tower Green Square
    515 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Australia 4006

    GPO Box 3123
    Brisbane QLD 4001

    Tel: 07 3360 6387
    Fax: 07 3360 6333
    Email: [email protected]

    Last updated: 05 July 2019

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