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Regulatory proposal to amend Queensland statutory voltage limits
The Queensland Government released a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for public feedback in March 2017 assessing the costs and benefits of aligning Queensland’s statutory voltage limits with Australian and international best practice. The consultation RIS found adopting best practice voltage standards will align Queensland with other jurisdictions, support Government’s solar and ren

2018 Better Regulation Taskforce Report-Queensland Government Response and Action Plan
The Better Regulation Taskforce (BRT) was established as a sub-committee of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council to provide advice and an annual report to the Queensland Government on improving regulation on regulatory areas of concern to small business. The 2018 report, the BRT’s second report, reviews the environment for regulation in a digitally disrupted economy, with new business m

Response to consultation RIS on In-Service Safety for Automated Vehicles
The National Transport Commission (NTC) is undertaking a comprehensive reform agenda to develop an end to end regulatory framework for Automated Vehicles (AVs) that will support their safe deployment in Australia. On 1 July 2019, the NTC released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on InService Safety for AVs. The RIS examined the need for regulation to assure the safety of AVs used

Consultation RIS for licensing pharmacy business ownership
The Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee (Committee) tabled Report No. 12, 56th Parliament – Inquiry into the establishment of a pharmacy council and transfer of pharmacy ownership in Queensland (Committee Report) in October 2018. One key recommendation was that the Pharmacy Business Ownership Act 2001 (Act) be amended to enable Queensland

Fisheries Legislation Amendment Regulation 2020
The commercial fishing industry was one of the first industries to be affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) due to the loss of key export markets in early 2020. As Australia responded to the pandemic and social restrictions were imposed, there was also a loss of domestic markets further affecting Queensland’s seafood industry. The commercial fishing sector continues to face significant econ

COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill – Non-residential Tenancies & Small Business Commissioner
The economic impacts of COVID-19 are continuing to evolve and it is likely that there will be long-term effects on the Queensland economy and for the business community. On 7 April 2020, the Prime Minister announced the National Cabinet agreement on the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles, to be legislated by the State-Territory Governments to aid commer

COVID-19 Emergency Response and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020
Queensland’s public health response to COVID-19 has been swift and decisive throughout 2020. The management of outbreaks in the community has proven to be rapid and effective and the low rates of community transmission has enabled restrictions on the movement and gathering of people to be significantly eased. However, there is still the potential for further outbreaks and restrictions, in some fo

COVID-19 Emergency Response and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021
On 29 January 2020, a public health emergency was declared for all of Queensland under the Public Health Act 2005 (PH Act) in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 and the Justice and Other Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Amendment Act 2020 were introduced to protect the health, safety and welfare of Queenslanders, mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Proclamation under Corporations (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2001
Under the Corporations (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2001 (the Act), the Parliament of Queensland referred to the Commonwealth Parliament the powers: to enact the Corporations Act 2001 and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 as Commonwealth legislation extending to each State; and to make laws about forming corporations, corporate regulation and financial products and servi

Amendments relating to directions to rectify building work
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s (QBCC) compliance and enforcement powers include the ability to direct a person to rectify defective or incomplete building works or remedy consequential damage. From 1 October 1999, the rectification period, within which a person must comply with the direction, was legislated in the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBC