The Queensland Police Service appealed from a decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland and a decision of the Full Bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. The Queensland Court of Appeal heard both appeals together. The question in both appeals was the requirements of a valid prescribed officer referral issued under the Police Service and Administration Act 1990 (Qld). A prescribed officer referral is the first step in considering disciplinary proceedings against police officers. The Court of Appeal dismissed both appeals, holding that to be valid, a prescribed officer referral must refer a complaint for the consideration of a particular police officer who is a “prescribed officer” within the meaning of the Act.
The judgment is published here.