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All personal information that we collect to manage complaints will be handled in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld). Your complaint will be dealt with in a confidential manner and will only be discussed with the people directly involved. Find out more about privacy.
Information about the department's complaints management policy and procedure.
The Queensland Ombudsman administers the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (PID Act). The PID Act provides unique protections from reprisal for public officers disclosing information in the public interest.
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We are committed to effective complaints management and will deal with all complaints against our actions, decisions or officers’ conduct in a responsive, confidential and fair manner. Complaints can be made regarding a range of issues, including:
A complaint about a decision or action of the Department must be made no later than 12 months after the complainant was notified or made aware of the decision or action. Complaints made outside this time period will only be reviewed if the department considers that exceptional circumstances warrant consideration of the out-of-time complaint.
You can raise a complaint about the department or a funded service provider through our complaints management process.
Effective from July 1 2016, the department will be responding to, and managing complaints made by participants, their family, carers and advocates in relation specialist disability services received by National Disability Insurance Scheme providers.
The department will refer any complaints regarding NDIA staff, agency processes, market capacity and availability of service provision directly to the NDIA.
This will remain in effect until such time as the Federal Government has in place a complaint system for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
Complaints are best resolved at the local or regional level, so in the first instance please contact your local Child Safety or Disability Services, Service Centre.
Service Centre Managers are responsible for managing complaintsin Service Centres.
If your complaint can’t be resolved or you are unhappy with the response to your complaint, please contact our central Complaints team. Write down everything relevant to the matter in the order in which it happened. Make sure you include a description of what happened, dates, phone calls, letters and meetings. Let us know the outcome you are seeking or the action you want us to take.
You can make a formal complaint by:
We will provide and pay for professional interpreting services for clients who have difficulties communicating in English, and can also arrange for interpreters in Auslan and other sign languages when required. Find out more about interpreter and translator services.
A privacy complaint may relate to the collection, management, use, disclosure or overseas transfer of your personal information (e.g. your name and address is given to a third party who does not have any involvement with your case). Privacy complaints must be made in writing. If you believe that we haven’t handled your information appropriately, then please complete this Privacy Complaint Form and let us know about your concerns. Once you have completed the form, please email to us.
If you need help completing the form, please contact us either through 1800 080 464 or send an email.
Once we’ve received your complaint, the departmental officer managing your complaint will keep you informed on its progress and any action taken. On completion of the complaint process, the departmental officer will take note of how your complaint was managed and whether you are satisfied with the outcome.
If you are unhappy with how we have handled your complaint, you can request that our Complaints Unit reviews the process. If following this review you are still unhappy with the outcome, you can contact the Queensland Ombudsman to request an independent review by phoning them on 1800 068 908 or sending an email.
While every attempt will be made to resolve your complaint, sometimes we might not be the most appropriate agency to help you. Other key complaint resolution contacts are:
This form has been developed by a young person to help children and young people make a complaint.