Consideration of shield laws to protect journalists’ confidential sources

The Queensland Government has committed to considering the introduction of laws to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources (‘shield laws’).

Shield laws are important to the media and the Queensland public. However, they are complex and must strike the right balance. Shield laws need to balance maintaining the confidentiality of journalists’ sources with ensuring courts have all relevant information to act in the interests of justice.

The Attorney-General has released a consultation paper Shielding confidential sources: balancing the public’s right to know and the court’s need to know to guide consultation on the consideration of shield laws for Queensland. The paper sets out some key elements for consideration in the development of shield laws, including the positions in other Australian jurisdictions.

Feedback is being sought from all interested parties on the best way to achieve reform in relation to new laws to protect journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources.

Consultation paper

Shielding confidential sources: balancing the public’s right to know and the court’s need to know (PDF, 419.3 KB).

How to have your say

Make a submission

You can provide comments or make a submission by:

Email
shieldlaws@justice.qld.gov.au
Mail
Strategic Policy and Legal Services
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
GPO Box 149
BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Submissions close at 5pm, Tuesday 13 July 2021.

Comments and submissions in relation to this discussion paper will be treated as public documents and may be published on our website. If you would like your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, please indicate this clearly. Please note, however, that all submissions may be subject to disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009.

Answer an online survey

You can provide feedback by completing the online survey.

The survey closes at 5pm, Tuesday 13 July 2021.