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About the Department of Justice

The Department of Justice contributes to a safe, fair and just Tasmania.

We do this by providing services and systems that promote and maintain people’s rights and responsibilities and by resolving disputes for the benefit of the Tasmanian community. The purpose of our work is to:

  • ensure an effective, efficient and accessible justice system
  • protect and respect rights
  • improve laws
  • influence positive behaviour and enforce responsibilities.

We are committed to building a supportive, engaged, inclusive and diverse workforce that works together to create change in the Tasmanian community.

Our Ministers

The Department is responsible to these Ministers:

  • Elise Archer MP: Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation; and Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs
  • Michael Ferguson MP: Minister for Planning

Our structure

Our agencies provide services including legal services, corrections, rehabilitation and enforcement, and regulatory services.

The Department comprises:

  • Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit
  • Consumer, Building and Occupational Services
  • Corporate Support and Strategy
  • Corrective Services (Tasmania Prison Service and Community Corrections)
  • Crown Law
  • Monetary Penalties Enforcement Service
  • Safe at Home
  • Strategic Legislation and Policy
  • the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Victims Support Services
  • WorkSafe Tasmania.

The Department provides administrative support for the:

  • Asbestos Compensation Commissioner
  • Parole Board of Tasmania
  • Supreme and Magistrates Courts
  • Tasmania Legal Aid
  • Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Tasmanian Electoral Commission
  • Tasmanian Industrial Commission
  • Tasmanian Planning Commission
  • WorkCover Tasmania Board.

It also supports the statutory offices of the:

  • Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.
  • Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Public Guardian
  • Solicitor-General.

See the Department of Justice organisational chart.

Our Strategic Plan and Annual Report

Our Strategic Plan sets out our strategic goals, and the strategies and initiatives we will focus on for the next five years. It was launched on 1 July 2022.

Current Strategic Plan

How we deliver against the goals and strategies of our Strategic Plan will be reported in our annual report each year.

Current annual report

Providing feedback on our services

Our Feedback Policy explains how to provide feedback about our services when you believe that we have failed to meet the Service Standards listed in the Policy or that our facilities were not adequate.

To find out how to provide feedback about the Department’s services read our Feedback Policy.

Further information

For more information on the structure and operations of the Department see our Organisational Chart and Annual report.