Our structure

The Commission is led by the Queensland Human Rights Commissioner, Scott McDougall. While the Commission is independent of government, it is accountable to the Queensland Parliament through the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

The Commissioner is appointed under section 238 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 for a term of no longer than seven years. Commission employees are appointed under the Public Service Act 2008.

Accountability for the Commission's operations under the Financial Accountability Act 2009 resides solely with the Commissioner as the Accountable Officer.

Two committees have been established to support the Commissioner in achieving the strategic goals and operational objectives of the Commission. They are the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the Leadership Group. For more information about our leadership teams, see our most recent Annual Report.

The following teams report directly to the Commissioner:

  • Complaints team;
  • Engagement and Corporate Services team;
  • Legal, Research and Policy team.

Regional teams report to the Director of Complaints.

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The Director of Complaints has program responsibility for the provision of complaint management services throughout the state, as well as for all service delivery through our three regional offices in Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.

Regional offices all deliver complaint management services, training, and community engagement.

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Engagement and Corporate Services

The Director of Engagement and Corporate Services has program responsibility for the provision of training and engagement activities, marketing, and communications. This directorate also leads and manages the Commission’s administrative, financial, human resource, information technology, facilities and governance services.

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Legal, Research and Policy

This team, comprising the Deputy Commissioner, 3 Principal Lawyers, a Senior Policy Officer and the Librarian:

  • provides executive support and legal services;
  • develops human rights policy and undertakes research on human rights issues; and
  • participates in community engagement activities.

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