The Director of Child Protection Litigation

Who is the Director?

The Director of the Child Protection Litigation Act 2016 established the Director of Child Protection Litigation (DCPL), an independent statutory body.

What is the role of the DCPL?

The DCPL represents the state in all child protection order applications.

The DCPL will also be the applicant in other related child protection order matters including the transfer of child protection orders and proceedings to participating states and appeals from decisions about child protection orders.

The Director may also provide advice to, or appear for the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs for the following matters: adoption; family law; Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) reviews; Hague Child Abduction Convention or other matters relating to the safety, wellbeing or protection of a child. This is on a fee-for-service basis.

Where are DCPL staff located?

DCPL staff are mostly located in Brisbane, with one working in Far North Queensland.

DCPL staff travel to regional courts from Brisbane.