The Directorate is responsible for reviewing and developing policy and legislation across the justice and community safety portfolio.
Our law enforcement regime maintains the public safety and social order of the community.
A variety of organisations and programs come together to identify and respond to crime, safety and justice priorities.
Information about the ways we promote, support and protect rights.
All about the Human Rights Act, how it works and the review process.
FOI gives members of the community a legally enforceable right to access documents held by government.
Access to a range of emergency response information.
Our emergency response framework.
Members of our community who respond in emergencies.
Safety considerations and information for personal and family wellbeing.
How we keep our community safe.
Information about the Infrastructure Safety and Security Grants Program.
Business obligations for safe workplaces.
Keeping ACT Government assets and information secure.
A national approach to security preparedness and planning.
How we keep safe on ACT roads.
The Directorate is responsible for legislation dealing with commercial regulation in the ACT.
The Directorate is responsible to the Attorney-General, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Corrective Services.
The Directorate plays a vital role in providing information and advice to the Minister and supporting ACT representation in national fora.
The Directorate's responsibility for government activities of justice administration, rights protection, business regulation and emergency services.
ACT Corrective Services delivers adult correctional and detention services.
ACT Courts and Tribunal deliver justice through sentencing in criminal cases and rulings in civil cases.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency is responsible for emergency management planning and response.
The ACT Government Solicitor provides legal advice and services to the ACT Government and its agencies.
The Legislation and Policy Branch provides policy advice and research services to develop ACT policies and legislation.
The Parliamentary Counsel’s Office provides legislative drafting and publishing services for ACT legislation.
Policing services in the ACT are purchased from the Australian Federal Police.
The Security and Emergency Management Branch is responsible for protection and emergency planning for all hazards, including counter-terrorism.
A number of independent statutory agencies are administered under the portfolio umbrella of justice and community safety.
Victim Support ACT provides specialised assistance to help victims of crime participate in the justice process.
The Director of Public Prosecutions provides independent and effective criminal prosecution services.
The victims of Crime Commissioner advocates for victims of crime and is responsible for delivering services to victims of crime
The ACT Human Rights Commission promotes the human rights and welfare of people living in the ACT.
The Public Advocate protects the interests, rights and dignity of vulnerable people and those with a disability.
The Public Trustee provides independent, professional trustee and asset management services.
The Work Safety Commissioner promotes and educates stakeholders on matters relating to workplace safety in the ACT.
Media information relating to the justice and community safety portfolio.
This section details the ways to contact the Department as well as agency locations.
This section provides access to our searchable database of publications.
A stronger electoral system for the ACT
On 20 March 2014, the ACT Legislative Assembly established a Select Committee on Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992 to consider a number of matters related to electoral reform in the ACT.
On 30 June 2014, the Committee released its report - Voting matters.
On 23 September 2014, the ‘ACT Electoral Commission report to the ACT Legislative Assembly - Proposed changes to the Electoral Act 1992: response to the Voting Matters report and further campaign finance reform issues: 2014’ was tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the Speaker, providing the Commission’s valuable input into technical and operational matters.
On 27 November 2014 the Government released its responses to the two reports and a Bill to amend the Electoral Act to implement a number of recommendations set out in the reports.
The Government responses and implementing Bill will improve our electoral system by establishing
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Pursuant to section 43 of the Human Rights Act 2004 (the HRA), the Justice and
Review of Liquor Act ReformsThe ACT Government committed to review the effectiveness of
The Justice and Community Safety Directorate is currently conducting a review into the operation of
The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell MLA, has asked the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council (LRAC) to
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Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today released the Government’s response to the Legislative Assembly inquiry into vulnerable road users. The Government has agreed to 18 recommendations, agreed in principle to five recommendations and noted the remaining five
The ACT has the safest roads in Australia according to a report tabled in the Legislative Assembly by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today.
The ACT Road Safety Report Card for 2013 [.PDF 367 KB] is
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced that a two-year trial of motorcycling lane filtering will commence in the ACT from 1 February 2015.
The report by the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and
An external Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013) was led by the Drug Policy Modelling Program, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. The Evaluation identifies the