Media Release

25 February 2020

Following recommendations in the Coroner’s report, Queensland’s independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, Aaron Guilfoyle, is determining whether or not to commence a prosecution under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Coroner James MacDougall conducted an exhaustive inquest into the tragic deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi after a malfunction of the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on 25 October 2016.

His Honour held that it was, “reasonably suspected that Ardent Leisure may have committed an offence under Workplace Health and Safety Law” and referred his findings to the Office of Industrial Relations.

Responsibility for the decision to prosecute on behalf of the Office of Industrial Relations rests with the independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor.

“I can confirm that my office is assessing an extensive brief of evidence referred by the Office of Industrial Relations.”

“I am mindful that those affected by this tragedy will want answers as soon as possible.”

“We will commit all necessary resources to thoroughly examine the matter and make a determination on what charges, if any, are laid as a matter of priority” Mr Guilfoyle said.