Strengthening support for victims of crime
Published Tuesday, 10 October, 2023 at 03:06 PM
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath
- The Palaszczuk Government is seeking applicants to form the new Independent Ministerial Advisory Council.
- The Council will provide advice to Government about criminal justice reforms and how to best support services for victims of crime.
- Applications are open until Friday October 20
The Palaszczuk Government is calling for applicants to form the new Independent Ministerial Advisory Council (IMAC) that will examine crime related issues and make recommendations on justice system reform and victim support.
This follows the Government’s commitment to establish the Council last month in response to recommendations from victims, who have demonstrated their concern about the impact of crime on them and their communities.
Victims of crime, representatives from the legal sector and peak advocacy bodies, First Nations representatives and expert practitioners are encouraged to apply.
IMAC will have the capacity to provide advice about all elements of criminal justice reform and will have regular opportunities to meet directly with relevant ministers and the Premier.
The Council will have direct access to the relevant ministers and their senior officials through the Justice Reform Committee.
The IMAC will be supported by a new, permanent Justice Reform Office which has been tasked with the reform of the criminal justice system.
To support the Justice Reform Office with this work, $19 million over the next five years will be provided – this is part of the more than $220 million victim support package announced last week.
Application will be open until 5pm 20 October 2023. For more information on how to apply visit: www.justice.qld.gov.au/imac
Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Yvette D’Ath:
“We are absolutely committed to the safety of Queenslanders and ensuring the needs of victims are front and centre.
“The new independent council will play an integral role in shaping the government’s response to crime and support for victims.
“The IMAC will draw members from across the State and a diverse range of backgrounds.
“We know that hearing from experts and people with lived experience is the best way to achieve effective change.”