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    Criminal Code and Jury and Another Act Amendment Bill 2008
    A number of Australian states and territories, as well as some overseas jurisdictions (including New Zealand), have introduced judge alone criminal trials in higher courts. No Australian jurisdiction allows a trial by judge alone without consent of the accused. Western Australia is currently the only Australian jurisdiction that gives the judge an overriding discretion to decide whether to order

    Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008
    The Recording of Evidence Regulation 1992 (the Regulation) is due to expire and be repealed on 31 August 2008. The Recording of Evidence Act 1962 (the Act) allows the recording of legal proceedings in or before any court, justices, tribunal or judicial person, and for the subsequent transcription of a record. The Regulation prescribes various matters for the Act. The recording of evidence and

    Increase to the penalty unit value
    Cabinet considered an increase to the penalty unit value from $75 to $100. Cabinet approved an increase in the penalty unit amount from $75 to $100 to reflect movements in the Consumer Price Index, commencing 1 January 2009. Cabinet approved the penalty unit increase be reviewed every three years to take account of CPI increases. Cabinet approved amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992

    Coroners and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2008
    The Bill implements amendments identified in an operational review of the Coroners Act which, when it came into force in 2003, established a new coronial regime focussed on finding the truth of what occurred in order to prevent deaths from similar causes happening in the future. The review was conducted by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. The proposed amendments are primarily proced

    Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
    The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland is responsible for the administration of approximately 190 Acts. Periodically, these Acts are examined to identify minor amendments which can be made to ensure that the Acts continue to operate in the manner intended. The Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 includes such minor ame

    Review of the Criminal and Civil Justice System in Queensland - Terms of Reference
    Criminal offences are divided into two main classes: indictable offences, which are more serious crimes, and summary offences of a more minor nature. An indictable offence is ordinarily prosecuted before a judge and jury. In some circumstances, offences declared to be indictable may be dealt with summarily in a Magistrates Court, generally at the election of the accused. Former Senior Judge Ad

    Arrangements for Judicial Officers
    In January 2009, the Premier of Queensland announced the Queensland Government would tighten the guidelines for judicial entitlements Cabinet approved amended entitlements for the Chief Justice, judges and magistrates to align all appointment and transfer arrangements with those that apply to all officers of the public service and specify that the transfer arrangements only apply to compulsory tra

    Response to Private Member's Bill - Juvenile Justice (Sentencing Principles) Amendment Bill 2009
    The member for Southern Downs, Mr Lawrence Springborg MP, introduced the Juvenile Justice (Sentencing Principles) Amendment Bill 2009 as a Private Member’s Bill on 3 June 2009. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill state the purpose of the Bill is to amend the Juvenile Justice Act 1992 to remove reference to detention as a last resort. Cabinet considered that the removal of the principle of detenti

    Government Response to the Review of the civil and criminal justice system in Qld Report
    On 28 July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The Terms of Ref

    Government Response to the Review of the civil and criminal justice system in Qld Report
    On 28 July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The Terms of Ref

    Strategic Response to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry outstanding fine pool
    The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) has been responsible for collecting unpaid fines in Queensland since 2000. It provides debtors with a wide range of flexible payment options to facilitate compliance by debtors. SPER recovers court ordered fines, which are paid into consolidated revenue, and court ordered restitution or compensation which is paid to victims of crime. The effective e

    Criminal Code and Other Leg Amendment Bill
    The Bill implements recommendations made by the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) in its recent report concerning the investigation of former Director-General of the Department of Employment and Training. The Bill also introduces new measures to allow disciplinary action to be taken against former public officials (including police officers) who had abused or breached their public obligation

    Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill
    The Bill proposes amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act 1992, Child Protection Act 1999, Young Offenders (Interstate Transfer) Act 1987 and other Acts. A review of the Juvenile Justice Act was conducted to ensure it was providing an effective framework for a best practice youth justice system with the capacity to respond to current demands and challenges. The amendments propose to: give court

    QCAT
    On 12 March 2008, the Premier announced that that a new civil and administrative tribunal was to commence in the second half of 2009 The new tribunal would deal with a range of matters currently dealt with by tribunals as well as some civil disputes (including small claims and minor debt matters) and a range of administrative decisions that are currently dealt with in the courts. The Queensland

    Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction Reform and Modernisation Amendment Bill 2009
    In July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The report on the r

    Expiry of ten year Qld ATSI Justice Agreement
    The Justice Agreement was signed by the Queensland Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board on behalf of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Queensland in 2000. The Justice Agreement has the long term aim of reducing the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people coming into contact with the Queensland criminal justice system to at least th

    Civil Liability and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2009
    The Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 amends and modernises the civil liability and personal injury regime in Queensland. The Bill includes amendments to: re-base and facilitate the future indexation of monetary amounts in the Civil Liability Act 2003 (CLA), the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 and the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 (PIPA), including the legal cos

    Criminal Code (Honesty and Integrity in Parliament)
    The Member for Surfers Paradise and then Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for the Arts, Mr John-Paul Langbroek MP, introduced the Criminal Code (Honesty and Integrity in Parliament) Amendment Bill 2009 on 19 August 2009. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill state the purpose of the Bill is to amend the Criminal Code to introduce the offence of giving false evidence to Parliament and the

    Qld Civil and Administrative Tribunal and other Leg Amendment Reg (No. ) 2009
    On 12 March 2008, the Premier and Minister for the Arts announced that that a new civil and administrative tribunal was to commence in the second half of 2009. The new tribunal would deal with a range of matters currently dealt with by tribunals as well as some civil disputes (including small claims and minor debt matters) and a range of administrative decisions that are currently dealt with in t

    SCAG National Indigenous Law and Justice Framework
    The National Indigenous Law and Justice Framework (the Framework) has been developed by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) to provide a national approach to reducing the disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders with the justice system as victims and offenders and improve community safety. The five inter-related goals of the draft Framework are:

    State Penalties Enforcement OLAB 2009
    Amendments to the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999: The State Penalties Enforcement and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 (the Bill) amends that Act to: extend driver licence suspension to unpaid amounts for non-motor related offences; strengthen the State Penalties Enforcement Register’s (SPER) existing powers of seizure and sale; create new powers and processes to wheel clamp the vehicle

    Civil and Criminal Jursidiction Reform and Modernisation Amendment Bill 2010
    On 28 July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The report on th

    Criminal Code (Serious Assaults on Police)
    The Member for Southern Downs and Deputy Leader for the Opposition, Mr Lawrence Springborg MP introduced the Criminal Code (Serious Assaults on Police and Particular Other Persons) Amendment Bill 2010 as a Private Member’s Bill in February 2010. The Bill proposed amendments to section 340 of the Criminal Code, which contains the offence of serious assault. The Bill aims to introduce mandatory mini

    Govt response to CMC Report Restoring Order
    The CMC report Restoring order: Crime prevention and local justice in Queensland’s Indigenous communities was released on 20 November 2009, in response to the Queensland Government’s 2007 request for a review of policing in Indigenous communities. Cabinet broadly supported all six recommendations of the CMC. Five of the CMC recommendations were supported in full, including: a focus on crime preven

    Penalties and Sentences (Sent Advis Council Amend Bill 2010
    The criminal justice system plays an important role in creating a safe community for Queenslanders. It is vital that the community has confidence in the sentencing process. The Queensland Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 sets out the purposes of sentencing and the guidelines to be followed. It also contains the sentencing options available to the court. The Penalties and Sentences (Sentencing

    Penalties and Sentences (Sent Advis Council Amend Bill 2010
    The criminal justice system plays an important role in creating a safe community for Queenslanders. It is vital that the community has confidence in the sentencing process. The Queensland Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 sets out the purposes of sentencing and the guidelines to be followed. It also contains the sentencing options available to the court. The Penalties and Sentences (Sentencing

    Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989
    Cabinet previously endorsed the ‘Queensland Government Strategy to Reduce Domestic and Family Violence 2009-2014’ (the Strategy) and approved the Terms of Reference for a review of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989 (DFVPA). The Department of Communities is leading the review of the DFVPA to ensure that the Act supports the implementation of the Strategy and is effective and e

    Report back to SPER outstanding fine pool
    The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) has been responsible for collecting and enforcing unpaid fines in Queensland since 2000. It provides debtors with a wide range of flexible payment options to facilitate compliance by debtors. SPER recovers court ordered fines, which are generally paid into consolidated revenue, and court ordered restitution or compensation which is paid to victims o

    Strengthening Adult Sentencing Regime
    The criminal justice system plays an important role in creating a safe community for Queenslanders. Equally as important is the need to ensure that people within the community also enjoy a sense of safety. The task of sentencing is complex and is one of the most difficult functions performed by the courts. It is vital that the Queensland community has confidence in the criminal sentencing process

    Guidelines for post-coviction DNA testing
    The Griffith University Innocence Project has suggested law reform in Queensland to assist convicted persons in establishing their innocence through testing of DNA post-appeal. A convicted offender must be required to meet certain criteria to request post-conviction DNA testing. For example, the application must relate to a conviction for an offence carrying a maximum or mandatory penalty of life

    Magistrates entitlements and retirement age
    Section 47 of the Magistrates Act 1991 prescribes that, in addition to salary, Magistrates are to be paid allowances as determined by the Governor in Council. The terms and conditions of Magistrates (other than remuneration as salary) determined by the Governor in Council are published in the Magistrates’ Entitlements booklet. A departmental protocol was established in which proposed changes to Ma

    Government Response to Coronial Recommendations 2009
    The Queensland Government Response to Coronial Recommendations 2009 (the report) documents the Government’s response to coronial recommendations and comments directed to the Queensland Government departments in 2009. The report contains implementation details for one hundred and thirty-seven recommendations and comments directed to the Queensland Government drawn from forty-three coronial inquests

    Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment Bill
    The primary objectives of the Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 are to: amend the excuse of accident (section 23(1)(b), Criminal Code) to omit the term ‘accident’ and substitute the term with a phrase which better reflects the ‘reasonably foreseeable consequence’ test; recast the partial defence of provocation (section 304, Criminal Code) to address its bias and flaws, as r

    Referral NonParole Periods Sentencing advisory council
    The Sentencing Advisory Council for Queensland was established under changes to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld), to help bridge any gap between community expectations, the courts and government on the complex issue of sentencing criminal offenders. The aims behind the Sentencing Advisory Council will be to promote greater consistency in sentencing; stimulate balanced public debate and

    Justice and other Legislation Amendment Bill
    The Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations is responsible for the administration of more than 140 Acts. Periodically these Acts are reviewed to identify minor, technical or other amendments which can be made to ensure that the Acts continue to operate in the manner intended. The amendments required as a result of this review are generally included in the one annual Bill, the Just

    Qld Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement 2011-14
    The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement 2000-2010 expired in December 2010. An internal assessment of the Justice Agreement highlighted a need to redirect efforts based on what works to deliver real outcomes. Following the cessation of the Justice Agreement, the Government has developed a draft Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Strategy for con

    Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Strategy 2012-2015 Just futures
    The State Government has conducted extensive consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland to develop a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Strategy, Just futures (the strategy). The strategy will run from January 2012 to June 2015 and succeeds the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement 2000–2010. The strategy commits Go

    Penalties and Sentences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
    As part of its election commitments, the Government pledged to increase the penalty unit value from $100 to $110; and introduce a nominal administration fee on all criminal justice related outcomes in the Supreme and District ($300) and Magistrates ($100) Courts where an offender is found guilty.  The Penalties and Sentences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 delivers on these commitments b

    Future of the Sentencing Advisory Council
    The Sentencing Advisory Council is an independent statutory body which was established in December 2010 under amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992. The Council has six statutory functions which are: to provide its views on the giving or review of guideline judgments prepared by the Court of Appeal; if requested, provide advice to the Attorney-General on sentencing matters; to provide

    Government response to coronial recommendations 2011 report
    The report, The Queensland Government’s Response to Coronial Recommendations 2011 (the 2011 Report) documents the Government’s response to coronial recommendations and comments directed to it in 2011 as well as those which were still under consideration in the 2010 Report. The 2011 Report details the implementation status of one hundred recommendations and comments directed to Government originat

    Youth Justice (Boot Camp Orders) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
    As part of its 2012 election commitments, the Government committed to a two year trial of a youth boot camp diversion program. The youth boot camp diversion program, which consists of an early intervention boot camp in the Gold Coast area and a sentenced youth boot camp program in the Cairns and surrounding area, is an initiative under the Safer Streets Crime Action Plan. These programs will targ

    Commercial Arbitration Bill 2012
    Arbitration is a formal dispute resolution process in which two or more parties refer their dispute to an independent third person (the arbitrator) for determination. The result of the arbitration, known as the award, is enforceable in the same manner as a court judgment. The Commercial Arbitration Act 1990 currently governs domestic commercial arbitrations in Queensland. The Act, which is one o

    Appointment one full time member Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 establishes the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and provides for the appointment of members and adjudicators. QCAT commenced on 1 December 2009 and amalgamated 18 of the State’s tribunals and other bodies into one, providing a single gateway through which the community can access civil and administrative justice. The functio

    Guardianship and Administration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
    As part of the Queensland Government’s 100 day action plan, the Government committed to ‘commence drafting legislative amendments to install the Independent Public Advocate as a statutory authority’, within the first 30 days. The Public Advocate is established under the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 as an integral part of Queensland’s guardianship system, which protects and promotes th

    Appointments to the Parole Boards
    The Queensland Parole Board, the Southern Queensland Regional Parole Board and the Central and Northern Queensland Regional Parole Board are independent statutory bodies established under the Corrective Services Act 2006. The parole boards determine parole applications from prisoners who are serving sentences in excess of three years, all sex offenders and offenders determined to be serious violen

    Justice and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013
    The Attorney-General is responsible for the administration of over 200 statutes. Periodically, these Acts are reviewed to identify amendments which are desirable for ensuring that the Acts continue to operate in the manner intended. Other amendments to legislation may be identified as a result of court or tribunal decisions or representations by administering agencies and stakeholders. The Jus

    Expanding Youth Boot Camp Trial and Youth Justice Blueprint
    There is widespread community concern about crime and Queensland communities are seeking more effective responses to youth crime, in particular. This Government has delivered the first step towards reforming the youth justice system with the introduction of the trial of youth boot camps and the announcement of the review of the Youth Justice Act 1992 as part of the Government’s Six Month Action Pl

    Qld Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Justice of the Peace) Amendment Bill 2013 (Bill) incorporates the following key elements: enabling two justices of the peace to constitute the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for determining minor civil disputes, excluding disputes with a value of more than $5,000 and urgent residential tenancy matters; and requiring one of the

    Appointments of Justices of the Peace for Qld Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    As part of the election commitments, the Government committed $3.5 million over four years to the justice of the peace (JP) program to enhance and refocus the role of JPs in the community. As part of this commitment, a trial is to be undertaken to expand the role of JPs to hear minor civil disputes (MCD) with a value of $5,000 or less and non-urgent residential tenancy matters in the Queensland C

    Criminal Law Criminal Organisations Disruptions Bill 2013
    To deliver on the commitment to implement tougher laws to tackle criminal gangs, the Government has implemented a comprehensive package of legislative reforms contained in three Acts: the Tattoo Parlours Act 2013, the Vicious and Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013 and the Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) Amendment Act 2013. As foreshadowed in Parliament during the Octob

    Penalties and Sentences Indexation Amendment Bill 2013
    The penalty unit is the basic monetary value for most fines and penalty infringement notices (PINs, commonly called ‘tickets’). When an offence is created by legislation, the legislation also prescribes the penalty. In most cases the penalty is prescribed as a multiple of the penalty unit. The value of the penalty unit is prescribed in section 5 of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and is $110

    Appointment of Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
    Section 4A of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1984 (the Act) establishes the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Section 17 of the Act provides for the appointment of a Deputy DPP. Section 10 of the Act provides that the DPP’s functions are to: prepare, institute and conduct criminal proceedings on behalf of the Crown; prepare and conduct appeals against convictions or pen

    Appointment Criminal Organisation Public Interest Monitor
    The Criminal Organisation Act 2009 (the Act) seeks to disrupt and restrict the activities of organisations involved in serious criminal activity and to disrupt and restrict the activities of the members and associates of such organisations who are involved in serious criminal activity. Section 83 of the Act provides for the appointment of the Criminal Organisation Public Interest Monitor (COPIM)

    Appointment Justices of the Peace Qld Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    As part of the election commitments, the Government committed $3.5 million over four years to the justice of the peace (JP) program to enhance and refocus the role of JPs in the community. As part of this commitment, a trial commenced in June 2013 to expand the role of JPs to hear minor civil disputes (MCD) with a value of $5,000 or less and non-urgent residential tenancy matters in the Queenslan

    Appointments to Legal Aid Board
    Section 48 of the Legal Aid Queensland Act 1997 establishes the Legal Aid Board. The function of the Board is to responsibly manage Legal Aid Queensland and ensure that Legal Aid Queensland achieves its objects under the Act. Under section 49 of the Act, the Board consists of five persons (including one as the Board Chairperson) appointed by the Governor in Council. Cabinet endorsed that Mr Bri

    Appointments of JPs to Qld Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    As part of its election commitments, the Government committed $3.5 million over four years to the Justice of the Peace (JP) program to enhance and refocus the role of JPs in the community. As part of this commitment, a trial commenced in June 2013 to expand the role of JPs to hear minor civil disputes with a value of $5,000 or less and non-urgent residential tenancy matters in the Queensland Civi

    Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
    In satisfaction of a commitment under the Government’s Six month action plan (January – June 2013), a formal review of key aspects of the Youth Justice Act 1992 has been completed. The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, developed following community consultation on effective responses to youth crime, implements the outcomes of this review. The Bill delivers a number of refo

    Appointment of Energy and Water Ombudsman Qld
    The Office of the Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ) is an independent statutory authority which receives, investigates and facilitates the resolution of complaints made by small energy customers in Queensland and water customers in South East Queensland in relation to the connection, supply or sale of electricity, gas or water by a member of the Scheme. The EWOQ has offices in Brisbane,

    Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2014
    The main purpose of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2014 (the Bill) is to clarify or otherwise improve the operation of criminal law and criminal law related statutes within the portfolio of the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice. The Bill provides miscellaneous criminal law and other amendments to a number of Acts including: Acts Interpretation Act 1954; Bail Act 1980; Criminal Code; Dange

    Appointments to health panels of assessors
    In accordance with the Health Ombudsman Act 2013, panels of assessors contribute to upholding professional standards by providing expert advice in response to questions of fact from judicial members who constitute the independent Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). QCAT deals with serious disciplinary matters which, if substantiated, may result in the cancellation or suspension of

    Statutory review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009
    The Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 (VOCA Act) commenced in December 2009. The purposes of the Act are to declare the fundamental principles of justice to underlie the treatment of victims; implement the principles of justice and set out processes to make complaints about conduct inconsistent with the principles; and establish a financial assistance scheme for victims who have suffered from a

    Establishment of the Stolen Wages Reparations Scheme
    From 1897, previous governments controlled the lives, earnings and savings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders under a range of ‘Protection Acts’. This included the underpayment of wages and mismanagement of savings accounts. The Queensland Government established a fund of $21 million to provide reparation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose wages and savings w

    Appointments Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    Section 161 of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (the QCAT Act) establishes QCAT and provides for appointment of members and adjudicators. Sections 183 and 198 of the QCAT Act provide that: as many senior members, ordinary members and adjudicators as are required for the proper functioning of the tribunal must be appointed; a senior member, ordinary member or adjudicator mu

    Reappointment of Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
    Section 234 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (the Act) establishes the Anti-Discrimination Commission (the Commission) and provides that there is to be a Commissioner. Apart from specific powers given by the Act, the Commissioner has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in connection with the performance of the Commission’s functions, namely: inquiring into complaints and,

    Appointment of Director of Public Prosecutions
    Section 4A of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1984 (the Act) establishes the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Section 5 of the Act provides for the appointment of a DPP. Section 10 of the Act provides the DPP’s functions are to: prepare, institute and conduct criminal proceedings on behalf of the Crown; prepare and conduct appeals against convictions or penalties, on be

    Reappointment of the Ombudsman
    The statutory office of Ombudsman is established under the Ombudsman Act 2001 (the Act) and is responsible to investigate administrative actions taken by, in or for certain agencies and recommending to government departments, local government and public authorities on ways of improving administrative processes. Section 58 of the Act provides that the Ombudsman is appointed by the Governor in Counc

    Crime and Corruption Amendment Bill 2015
    The Crime and Corruption Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill) aims to restore independence and integrity to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). The Bill makes amendments to the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 to: ensure the CCC chief executive officer (CEO) is not a commissioner, but retain a five member commission with the requirement for an additional ordinary commissioner to ensure the commissio

    Criminal Law (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill (No 2) 2015
    In February 2015, the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence provided its report, Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic Violence in Queensland (the report) to the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier and Minister for the Arts. The report contains 140 recommendations on how the Government and the Queensland community can better address and reduce domestic and family viole

    Further Education and Training (Training Ombudsman) Amendment Bill 2015
    Working Queensland sets out the Queensland Government’s plan for creating jobs and lowering unemployment in order to lead Queensland to future prosperity. It also includes the commitment to establish an independent Training Ombudsman with the power to investigate complaints made about vocational education and training (VET), including apprenticeships and traineeships, in Queensland. The Further E

    Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    A first stage of reforms has been completed in relation to legislative amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992, Childrens Court Act 1992, and Penalties and Sentencing Act 1992. The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 provides for the: reinstatement of both the sentencing principle in the Youth Justice Act 1992 that a detention order and detaining of a child in custody for an

    Appointments to Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (QCAT Act) establishes Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal as an independent tribunal and provides for the appointment of members. QCAT commenced operation on 1 December 2009 and amalgamated 18 of the State’s tribunals and other bodies into one, providing a single gateway through which the community can access civil and administrat

    Relationships Civil Partnerships and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015
    The Relationships (Civil Partnerships) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015 implements the Government’s election commitment to restore civil partnership ceremonies. The Bill ensures that adult couples, regardless of their gender, can have an official civil partnership ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate their relationships. The Bill reinstates civil partnership ceremonies by: renaming the Relatio

    Energy and Water Ombudsman Amendment Bill 2015
    The Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ) provides a free, independent dispute resolution service for residential and small business customers to help them resolve complaints with energy and water suppliers. Small businesses for these purposes are currently defined as businesses using less than 100 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year. This definition means that many businesses that

    Response to the Stolen Wages Reparations Taskforce Report
    From 1897, previous governments controlled the lives, earnings and savings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders under a range of ‘Protection Acts’. This included the underpayment of wages and mismanagement of savings accounts. The Queensland Government committed to establish a fund of up to $21 million to provide reparation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose wa

    Appointment of Director of Forensic Disability
    The Director of Forensic Disability, established under the Forensic Disability Act 2011 (the Act), has an independent statutory oversight role to ensure the protection of the rights of forensic disability clients, and that the detention, assessment, care and support, and protection of clients comply with the Act. As outlined under the Act the Director has the following functions: ensuring that th

    Appointment of Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland
    The statutory office of the Energy and Water Ombudsman was established under the Energy and Water Ombudsman Act 2006. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent statutory authority who receives, investigates and facilitates the resolution of complaints made by small energy and South East Queensland water customers, or by a Scheme member in relation to the connection, supply or sale of electrici

    Appointment of the Public Guardian
    Section 9 of the Public Guardian Act 2014 (the Act) provides that there must be a Public Guardian. Section 10 of the Act provides that the Public Guardian’s role: in relation to adults who have impaired capacity for a matter, is to protect their rights and interests; and in relation to relevant children and children staying at a visitable site, is to protect their rights and interests. Section 97

    Appointment of sessional members to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (QCAT Act) establishes QCAT and provides for appointment of members and adjudicators. Sections 183 and 198 of the QCAT Act provide that: as many senior members, ordinary members and adjudicators as are required for the proper functioning of the tribunal must be appointed; a senior member, ordinary member or adjudicator must be recommended f

    Penalties and Sentences (Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council) Amendment Bill 2016
    The Penalties and Sentences (Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council) Amendment Bill 2016 amends the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 by establishing the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council, an independent body which will enhance the community’s confidence in the criminal sentencing process. The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council provides the government, the judiciary and the community wit

    Limitations of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse identified that one of the most significant barriers for victims seeking justice was that they were unable to meet the limitation periods within which to commence their claims. The Royal Commission considered that states and territory Governments should remove any limitation periods. The Limitations of Actions (Institutional C

    Protocol for judicial appointments in Queensland
    The Government has committed to review the current processes for the appointment of judicial officers in Queensland, and to consult extensively with stakeholders in the development of a protocol as to how judicial appointments ought to be made. To enhance the judicial appointments process in Queensland, a discussion paper was released in October 2015 seeking feedback on: the skills, attributes an

    Appointment of the Public Advocate
    Section 208 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 provides that there must be a Public Advocate. The Public Advocate is responsible for: promoting and protecting the rights of adults with impaired capacity for a matter; promoting the protection of the adults from neglect, exploitation or abuse; encouraging the development of programs to help the adults to reach the greatest practicable

    Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17 year old Persons) Amendment Bill 2016
    The youth justice system in Queensland currently applies to young people aged between 10 and 16 years of age, with 17-year-olds treated as adults in the criminal justice system. Inclusion of 17-year-olds in the adult criminal justice system is inconsistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the law in all other Australian states and territories. It is also inconsist

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