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.
In the ACT there are rights and responsibilities that regulate how business owners, their staff and their customers interact.
The Office of Regulatory Services undertakes activities to ensure compliance to regulations.
The Directorate educates the ACT community and industry on regulatory functions and obligations.
The Directorate is responsible to the Attorney-General, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Minister for Corrections.
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 Office of Regulatory Services undertakes registration and business regulation functions.
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.
Elections ACT is responsible for conducting elections and referendums for the ACT.
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.
The classification of roads in the ACT is based on a formal road hierarchy. The classification fundamentally relates to the predominant function of a road and to the extent it serves the two basic purposes of the road network, i.e. the movement of traffic and access to property. A road’s physical characteristics and traffic volume will reflect its function and role in the network.The road classifications used are:
Arterial RoadsArterial roads predominantly serve longer distance travel within a district and through traffic from one district to another, and form the principal avenues of communication for metropolitan scale traffic movements. They include limited access roads and parkways (or freeways) having full access control and grade separated inter-sections. A small number have higher levels of property access for urban design reasons, for example Northbourne Avenue, or reflect the planning and design parameters of the time of their construction, for example, Limestone Avenue. Traffic capacity is a function of the design of the road rather than being constrained by environmental objectives.
Major Collector RoadsMajor collector roads collect and distribute traffic within residential, industrial and commercial areas. They form the link between the primary network and the roads within local areas and should carry only traffic originating or terminating in the area. The volume of traffic carried is constrained by environmental objectives - safety and traffic noise - rather than road geometry and reflects the limited area that they serve. Direct property access is still permissable but the level of traffic may dictate that access and egress arrangements should be such that vehicles can exit properties in a forward direction.
Minor Collector RoadsMinor collector roads collect and distribute traffic from access streets, linking to the major collector roads within the neighbourhood. They can also provide secondary connections direct to the external arterial road network. Traffic volumes are compatible with direct property access.
Access StreetsAccess streets are generally streets where the residential environment is dominant. Traffic volumes and speed environment are low. They would generally connect only to a collector road.Typically the speed limit on access streets and minor collector roads is 50 km/h, major collector roads is 60 km/h and arterial roads is 60 km/h or above.