Making a complaint

The State Library of Queensland is committed to effectively handling complaints in a responsive, efficient, effective, fair and economical way.

Your feedback is valuable to us allowing us to review our policies and procedures and leading to business improvement.

This information can also be found in our Making a Complaint fact sheet  (PDF 304.0 KB) .

What can I complain about?

You can make a complaint about any aspect of the service or actions of State Library or its employees, including privacy breaches. If we cannot help you with your complaint we will give you advice about where to get help.

If I have a complaint, what should I do?

If you have a complaint, there are some steps you can take to help us help you:

  1. Go local first
    Many concerns can be resolved quickly and easily by speaking with employees at the point of service.
  2. Act quickly
    Please let us know about your complaint as soon as possible. The earlier you tell us, the sooner we can act.
  3. Make your complaint clear
    To help us assess and resolve your complaint, please give details, such as what happened, who was involved, when and where did it happen and any other supporting information. Please also tell us what you would like to see happen as a result of your complaint.

Anonymous complaints will be accepted. However, State Library may find it difficult to thoroughly assess or respond to the complaint if there is not enough detail. In this situation, the complaint may not be investigated.

Who do I contact to make a complaint?

You can make a complaint using any of the following channels:

  • online via the web form
  • in person by speaking to staff members at service points
  • by phone calling 3840 7666 (Mon to Thurs, 10m-8pm, Fri to Sun 10-5) and advising that you wish to make a complaint
  • in writing to: State Library of Queensland Complaints, PO BOX 3488, South Brisbane, 4101
  • via State Library social media channels

How will my complaint be handled?

In the event that you make a complaint:

  • your complaint will be treated seriously and investigated promptly
  • reasonable assistance will be provided to you
  • the Library will handle the complaint in a way that is culturally appropriate and responsive to any special needs you may have
  • attempts will be made to resolve your complaint locally in most instances
  • the Library will deal with the complaint in a way that is in line with the seriousness, frequency and consequences of the complaint
  • confidentiality will be observed as far as possible
  • you will be given timely feedback about your complaint.

What if I need help to make a complaint?

We can help by:

  • providing an interpreter if you have language difficulties or are visually or hearing impaired
  • letting you know where you can get further help and information.

Privacy and your personal information

In the course of investigating and taking action in response to complaints, personal information will be collected and handled in accordance with the 11 information privacy principles in the Information Privacy Act 2009.

Storage of complaint information

Documentation relating to complaints is stored securely. Information relating to complaints is accessible only by staff members who are required to use the information.

How will I know what’s happening to my complaint?

The Library employee managing your complaint will keep you informed about the progress of your complaint and any action taken.

What can I do if I am unhappy with the outcome of my complaint?

If you are not satisfied with how your complaint has been dealt with, you can ask for your complaint to be reviewed.

What can I do if I am unhappy with how State Library has handled my complaint?

If you are not satisfied with any action taken by the Library in relation to your complaint, and after you have exhausted all available avenues of review within the Library, you can ask the Office of the Queensland Ombudsman to review the decision (phone: 07 3005 7000, toll free: 1800 068 908 or email:

If your complaint is about a breach of privacy and you are not satisfied with the Library’s resolution of your complaint, you can lodge a complaint with the Office of the Information Commissioner (phone: 07 3234 7373 or email:

Annual customer complaint management reporting

Under section 219A of the Public Service Act 2008 219, the State Library must report annually on complaints received.
The following table refers to customer complaints received during the financial year 2016/17

Number of customer complaints received by the State Library in the financial year 2016/17


Number of those complaints resulting in further action*


Number of those complaints resulting in no further action**


*Complaints “resulting in further action” are those where a significant service improvement was identified as a result of a client complaint.
**Complaint “resulting in no further action” are those where no significant service improvement was identified as a result of a client complaint.
Complaints related information and data will be made available here by September of each year.

More information

For more information about how we handle complaints, please read our Complaints Management Policy and Complaints Management Procedure or phone 38407810

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