An important message for all Queensland Government employees and volunteers
The Premier asked that I write to all Queensland Public Servants, State Emergency Services (SES) and Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers clarifying the need to fully co-operate with information requests from the Commission of Inquiry (COI).
The purpose of this note is to clarify your responsibility as a public servant or an SES or RFS volunteer in co-operating fully with the Floods COI.
You are free to approach the COI in a personal, as well as a work, capacity. If the COI approaches you, you should co-operate fully.
The legal section of your Department and Crown Law are available to assist you at any time – particularly should you be asked to provide a formal statement or appear at a public hearing of COI.
You should be aware that the COI provides protections to all individuals providing evidence – this includes public servants and volunteers. You should honestly answer all questions relating to those matters within your area of responsibility.
You of course remain free to make any submission and give evidence to the COI in your personal capacity as a private citizen.
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