If the QCT reasonably believes on the basis of disciplinary information received by the QCT that a ground for disciplinary action against the teacher may exist, the QCT may authorise an investigation.
If the QCT authorises a disciplinary investigation and appoints an investigator, the QCT must as soon as practicable give the relevant teacher notice of the investigation. This notice must state how the teacher may make a submission to the investigator.
However, the QCT need not give the teacher the notice if the QCT reasonably believes doing so may:
- seriously prejudice the investigation
- place at risk the wellbeing of vulnerable persons
- place the complainant or another person at risk of harassment or intimidation.
An investigation may be authorised by:
- the QCT
- the Professional Practice and Conduct Committee
- the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
If an investigation involves a disciplinary matter, as soon as practicable after completing the investigation, the investigator must give a written report about the investigation to:
- the Professional Practice and Conduct Committee where the investigation is authorised by the QCT or the Professional Practice and Conduct Committee; or, otherwise
- the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
An information sheet is available for further information.