THE QUEENSLAND Government has announced plans to inject $5.7 million in new funds into the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions over the next four years in an attempt to strengthen its capacity to prosecute criminals.
The money will be used to improve management information systems, fund a new position of Executive Director and extra staff in Toowoomba, Beenleigh and Ipswich, and relocate the Townsville branch of the Office.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Rod Welford and Premier Peter Beattie announced the funding last week as part of a commitment to implement all 35 recommendations of a review into the Office of the DPP.
“This review — which I announced in November 2003 — has identified practical changes to modernise the Office of the DPP, and Cabinet has committed to implement every single one of them,” Beattie said.
The reforms would also build on the revitalisation process Welford began two years ago.
Beattie said the recommendations would not gather dust as there were $5.7 million in new funds in the State Budget next month to support the changes.
The new money is in addition to the $7.6 million over four years that the Government provided in the 2002-03 budget to support new staff and training, and establish the Criminal Assets Confiscation Unit, Beattie said.