April 3, 2019
QUEENSLAND APPOINTS FIRST WORKPLACE HEALTH and SAFETY PROSECUTOR
The Queensland Government has announced the appointment of Aaron Guilfoyle as Queensland’s first independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor.
In a media release, Industrial Relations Minister Grace said Mr Guilfoyle would lead a new independent statutory office focused on workplace health and safety and electrical safety prosecutions.
The Work Health Safety Prosecutor will be responsible for making decisions about matters to be prosecuted and will lead a team to institute and conduct criminal and civil proceedings on behalf of the State. The role will be required to report to the Queensland Parliament annually and will also ensure that independence in prosecutorial decision making is maintained to guarantee confidence in the system from the community it represents.
The role requires a demonstrated commitment to, and understanding of Queensland criminal and civil legislation, as well as the proven ability to prosecute and lead matters as the representative of the State. The successful candidate will have at least five years post qualified experience and be able to demonstrate expertise in a range of complex statutory legal prosecutions. You will also demonstrate the capacity to provide clear written and oral advice on matters relevant to the position’s functions and responsibilities.