Queensland Intermediary Scheme (QIS) Pilot Program


Become an intermediary to assist witnesses to give their best evidence

Applications are currently sought from allied health professionals in Queensland to become intermediaries—to facilitate communication between a witness and police and/or a witness and courts.

Individuals with qualifications in speech pathology, psychology, occupational therapy or social work will be selected to form a prequalified panel for the two-year Queensland Intermediary Scheme Pilot Program, which will operate in Brisbane and Cairns from July 2021.

Read more about this role and the pilot program on QTenders.

Applications close on 28 January 2021. Individuals with an interest in applying for this role must be registered on QTenders (how to register). Only applications lodged via QTenders will be accepted.

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Become an intermediary to assist witnesses to give their best evidence

Allied health professionals in Queensland are invited to apply to become an intermediary in the Queensland Intermediary Scheme Pilot Program, which is being established to assist vulnerable witnesses in child sexual offence investigations and prosecutions to give their best evidence.

Applications are sought from individuals with qualifications in speech pathology, psychology, occupational therapy or social work.

The role of the intermediary

Intermediaries facilitate communication between a vulnerable witness and police and/or a vulnerable witness and the courts. They can be engaged from police investigation through to court hearing.

The scheme applies to witnesses in child sexual abuse offences who are children under 16 years of age, people with an impairment of the mind and/or has difficulty communicating.

The role of the intermediary is to:

  • assess witness communication and describe any specific communication assistance required
  • provide practical strategies on how to best communicate with the witness and how to pose a question to get the most reliable evidence
  • inform directions hearings, where applicable, to establish court communication guidelines for a vulnerable witness, and
  • write court reports on an individual’s communication needs.

Intermediaries will be required to act in emotionally challenging cases involving child sexual offences and will be exposed to detailed information about child sexual offences.

Applicants will be selected to form a prequalified panel for the two-year Queensland Intermediary Scheme Pilot Program, which will operate in Brisbane and Cairns from July 2021.

Successful applicants will undertake a training program upon appointment to the pilot.

Applications and next steps

To read more about this role and the pilot program, and to apply, please visit the Queensland Government tenders portal, QTenders.

Applications close on 28 January 2021. 

Individuals with an interest in applying for this role must be registered on QTenders (how to register). Only applications lodged via QTenders will be accepted.


January 6, 2021

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Posted by: Jordyn Townsend