The Prostitution Licensing Authority (PLA)
The Prostitution Licensing Authority (PLA) was established by the Prostitution Act 1999. The PLA officially began operation on 1 July 2000 when the Prostitution Act became law in Queensland. The Authority had its inaugural meeting on 6 July 2000.
The Prostitution Act prescribes the membership of the PLA, which must include:
- the chair – an independent, respected member of the community nominated by the Premier
- the commissioner of police, or a police officer of at least the rank of superintendent nominated by the commissioner
- the chairperson, or the assistant commissioner, crime, of the Crime and Misconduct Commission
- a health practitioner with at least five years experience
- a lawyer who has been admitted for at least five years and has knowledge of or experience in administrative law, company law or criminal law
- a person who represents local government
- two people who, in the Minister's opinion, are qualified to represent community interests.
The current members of the PLA are:
- Chairman, Mr Manus Boyce QC
- Assistant Commissioner Katriana Carroll
- Assistant Commissioner Misconduct, CMC Ms Kathleen Florian
- Local Government Representative, Ms Margaret Grummitt
- Health Practitioner Representative, Dr Diane Rowling
- Community Interest Representative, Ms Annette Murphy
- Community Interest Representative, Ms Lynette Palmen
- Lawyer, Ms Christine Jones.