Gold Coast Specialist Court & Policing: Changing the landscape together

October 16, 2018

The upcoming 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast over 3 and 4 December with optional workshops on 5 December. 

Joining us at the conference is Mr Marc Hogan, Detective Inspector with the QPS Gold Coast DFV Taskforce who will present on ‘Gold Coast Specialist Court & Policing: Changing the landscape together’.


In 2015 the Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG) established the Southport Specialist Courts Trial at the Gold Coast. An Operational Working Group was formed involving a range of partners and providers including the newly formed QPS Gold Coast Police Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce. Innovation and new methods of dealing with the complexities of domestic and family violence saw a range of programs and initiatives developed and employed to ultimately reach very successful outcomes.

Magistrate Strofield and Detective Inspector Marc Hogan are well positioned to speak on the difficulties and the challenges encountered in developing very successful outcomes for Queensland.


Detective Inspector Marc Hogan is a member of the Queensland Police Service (QPS). Marc directs Crime, Child Protection and Domestic and Family Violence initiatives at the Gold Coast which is Australia’s sixth largest city. In late 2015 a number of very tragic domestic violence deaths occurred at the Gold Coast. National attention became focused on domestic and family violence and the new emerging environment required new approaches.

The Gold Coast Police District established a taskforce embracing relationships for collaboration across government and non-government agencies and groups. Detective Inspector Hogan formed the taskforce in January of 2016. In the time since the taskforce has established an unblemished reputation as being innovative, progressive and a leader in the provision of high-end services for treating complex social harm environments. Taskforce programs and systems have saved lives and have provided greater safety for victims, in particular women and children. Marc holds a Master of Leadership and Management and other formal qualifications. He has completed the Queensland Social Leadership Australia program and has served as a board member with Non-Government Organisations involved in substance rehabilitation and health services.

For further information and to book tickets for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit