Aaron Guilfoyle was appointed as Queensland’s first independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor in March 2019. Appointed for a five-year term, he is the head of the Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor. Mr Guilfoyle was previously an Assistant Director with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, where his work included a specialisation in regulatory areas, including in maritime safety. Over an 18-year career with the CDPP, Mr Guilfoyle appeared regularly as counsel, including in high-profile and complex prosecutions. As the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor,
Mr Guilfoyle is responsible for prosecuting and defending proceedings under Work Health and Safety and Electrical Safety legislation, and for advising government in that respect. In March 2020, legislation was passed which will see responsibility for the prosecution of “serious offences” under Queensland mining and resources legislation also pass to the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor. This legislation commenced operation on 1 July 2020.