Acting CCC Chair appointed

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Ordinary Commissioner of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) Bruce Barbour has been appointed Acting Chair.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said Bruce Barbour has an impeccable track record in law and in audit and risk assessment.

“Mr Barbour has extensive experience in administrative law and conducting investigations, and held the highly-respected position of NSW Ombudsman for 15 years.

“He has the capability and skills to lead the CCC in the interim and has a thorough understanding of its operations since being appointed as an Ordinary Commissioner in 2021 with the bi-partisan support of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC).

“Mr Barbour has been a senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, a member of the NSW Casino Control Authority, chair of the NSW Public Interest Disclosures Steering Committee, a member of the NSW Institute of Criminology Advisory Committee, regional vice-president of the International Ombudsman Institute and Convenor of the NSW Child Death Review team.”

He also spent short periods in 2019-20 as the Acting Queensland Integrity Commissioner during absences of the Commissioner on leave.

“Mr Barbour’s appointment is for three months while the recruitment process for a permanent replacement is undertaken,” the Attorney-General said.

The position for a permanent chair will be advertised nationally in accordance with section 227 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.

The Government will then consult with the PCCC and the nomination will be made with the bi-partisan support of the PCCC.

Mr Barbour will commence his role as Acting Chair from 5pm 28 January 2022.

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