Queensland Government employees have automatic legal protection from being civilly sued when acting in their official capacity.
Under legislative amendments which took effect on 31 March 2014, all government employees have a consistent, high standard of protection instead of the previous situation where legal protection was in more than 300 different pieces of legislation – many with different criteria.
Under the Queensland Government indemnity guideline, government employees can receive an indemnity and legal assistance if they are involved in work-related criminal proceedings, inquiries and investigations. Read the guideline.
The protections support the public service values of empowering government employees to be innovative and proactive in delivering services and putting their customers first.
Employees will still be accountable for their actions: the government can recover funds from employees where they have not acted in good faith and have been grossly negligent.
Contact your human resources team.