Review of police service appointments
Police officers with grievances about promotions, transfers and disciplinary matters other than misconduct can apply to have these decisions reviewed. In Queensland, appeals are heard by an independent Review Commissioner external to the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
This advice deals specifically with reviews of merit-based appointments.
Download the booklet: Reviewing police service appointments: the process for QPS officers (PDF, 575 KB)
Legal entitlement to review
A police officer’s right to have a decision reviewed is specified in section 9.3(1) of the Police Service Administration Act 1990. Section 16.6,‘Reviews and appeals’, of the QPS Human resource management manual (HRM manual) also provides details about the review process.
Commissioners for Police Service Reviews are nominated by the Chairperson of the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) and appointed under the Police Service Administration Act (s. 9.2A).
To be eligible for appointment, a prospective Review Commissioner must be one of the following:
- a past or present Commissioner of the CMC
- a past Commissioner of the former Criminal Justice Commission (CJC)
- a person qualified for appointment as Chairperson of the CMC
- a person who has community service experience, or who has a demonstrated interest and ability in community affairs.
An employee of the CMC provides secretarial support to the Review
- Read about the current Commissioners for Police Service Reviews.