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, the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations 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 Attorney General, Mr Simon Corbell, is seeking expressions of interest from qualified people for appointment to the office of Magistrate of the ACT under the Magistrates Court Act 1930.
Expressions of interest are sought from all areas of the legal community, including the private, government and community sectors. Women, people with disabilities and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
A person is eligible to be appointed as a Magistrate if he or she is under the age of sixty-five years, and has for the last five
- ‘The ACT Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme’ issues paper
The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell MLA is seeking views on the operation of the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Act 1983 and possible reforms to the scheme for the provision of financial assistance to victims of crime.
The current scheme has been in place since 1998 and a range of issues about the operation of the scheme have been raised since the scheme commenced, including recent comments by the Ombudsman in the report – ‘Administration of Applications for Financial Assistance under the Victims
Expressions of interest for appointment as Chief Justice or Master of the Supreme Court
The Attorney-General, Mr Simon Corbell MLA, is seeking expressions of interest from qualified people for appointment to the offices of Chief Justice and Master of the Supreme Court of the ACT under the Supreme Court Act 1933.
Expressions of interest are sought from all areas of the legal community, including the private, government and community sectors. Women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and people of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The Supreme Court of the
Discussion Paper Summary
The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell MLA has released a discussion paper for public consultation on creating a statutory framework to manage complaints about judicial officers (judges, master, magistrates and tribunal members), and to clearly set out responsibility for arranging court business in ACT Courts. Reform of the arrangements for judicial officer complaints handling was an election commitment.
The ACT currently has laws that allow a judicial commission to be established to examine serious complaints and potentially recommend the removal of a judicial officer, but there is currently no legislative framework for handling less serious complaints.
The discussion paper
The Sentence Administration Board (the board) is established under s171 of the Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005 (the Act) and is responsible for supervisory and advisory functions related to offenders on parole, periodic detention and release on license.
Board members are required to have high standards of integrity, impartiality and objectivity, as well as a sound understanding of administrative law principles.
Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified persons with interest in appointment to the following:
Chair, Sentence Administration Board
Applicants for appointment as Chair of the Board are required to be judicially qualified and
The Workplace Privacy Act 2011 (the Act) was passed on 16 February 2011 and commenced on 10 March 2011.
Section 48 of the Act requires the Minister to review the operation of the Act as soon as practicable after the end of its first year of operation.
When the review is finalised, it will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
JACSD invites any comment or suggestion about the Act and its operation. The attached brief background paper may assist you to provide your feedback.
To make a submission, go to http://www.justice.act.gov.au/review, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write
The Unit Titles (Management) Act 2011 commenced on 30 March 2012.
The following fact sheets are designed to assist unit owners to understand the requirements of the new legislation.
If you have any comments on the fact sheets, or requests for information about additional issues, please submit your comments at the end of this page.
2 The Owners Corporation
3 The Executive Committee
4 Class A Units – What, Special Issues, Maintenance
5 Class B Units – What,