Police Commissioner to front DFV inquiry

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll will by quizzed on Queensland Police Service (QPS) responses to domestic and family violence when the independent DFV commission of inquiry resumes on Thursday.

Commissioner Carroll is one of the key witnesses scheduled to appear when public hearings resume before Childrens Court President and District Court judge Deborah Richards.

A series of public hearings, which commenced on 11 July, are being held across Queensland after the State Government ordered a commission of inquiry following a recommendation of the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce report, ‘Hear her voice’.

Queensland Under Treasurer Leon Allan is also scheduled to be called when public hearings resume. Mr Allan returned to Queensland Treasury in May 2020 – and was appointed Under Treasurer in September 2021 – after a 13-year stint with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Institutional Banking and Markets division.

A commission of inquiry statement said that Commissioner Carroll would be asked to address the “capability, capacity and structure of the QPS to respond to DFV and cultural issues within the QPS in relation to domestic and family violence”.

Under Treasurer Allen would be asked to address funding models for the QPS in relation to domestic and family violence.


So far more than 75 witnesses have given evidence, including serving and retired QPS officers from across Queensland, DFV service providers, experts in DFV policing, and victim-survivors.

Evidence has also been heard from a number of First Nations people and service providers regarding QPS responses to DFV.

See more information on the commission, including witnesses, transcripts and the terms of reference.

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