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Community consultation activities and reviews

Current activities

Review of property law in Queensland
Consultation closed: 2018-08-24

The Commercial and Property Law Research Centre of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has now completed a review of Queensland’s property laws for the Queensland Government. The review examined issues arising under legislation governing ownership, use and dealings in real property in Queensland including the Property Law Act 1974 and the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and other body corporate legislation.

Due to the breadth and complexity of property law in Queensland, the review was conducted in stages.

Current stage - Building Units and Group Titles Act 1980 (Closes 24 August)

You are invited to provide feedback on QUT's report Property Law Review – Final Recommendations – Consistency between the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and the Building Units and Group Titles Act 1980.

Current stage - Property Law Act 1974 (Closes 24 August)

You are invited to provide feedback on QUT’s recommendations to replace the Property Law Act 1974 with more modernised and streamlined property legislation. See QUT's Property Law Act 1974 Final Report.

Past activities

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 Review – Registering life events: Recognising sex and gender diversity and same-sex families
Consultation closed: 2018-04-19

This discussion paper is the first of three discussion papers which explores how we can improve the legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people, in response to changing community attitudes and understanding about gender. Submissions will be sought from the 7 March 2018 on the issues raised in the discussion paper.

Review of the Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009
Consultation closed: 2017-02-03

The purpose of this consultation paper is to seek further feedback on key issues raised by the RTI and IP Acts including whether the Acts are meeting their primary objectives and whether the provisions of the Acts are appropriate.

The civil litigation recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Redress and Civil Litigation Report - understanding the Queensland context
Consultation closed: 2016-10-25

In late 2015, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Commission), established by the Australian Government, delivered the Redress and Civil Litigation Report (the Report).

The Queensland Government considered the findings and recommendations of the Commission in relation to the difficulties experienced by survivors of child sexual abuse in commencing or pursuing civil litigation against institutions and announced the removal of the statutory limitation period for institutional child sexual abuse claims.

Sexual Assault Counselling Privilege consultation paper
Consultation closed: 2016-04-18

We are seeking feedback on aspects of the proposed sexual assault counselling privilege model.

Corrupt Conduct Issues paper
Consultation closed: 2016-03-29

We are seeking information about:

  • issues arising from the current definition of corrupt conduct under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001
  • potential changes to the current definition to address these issues.

Review of the procedure for judicial appointments in Queensland
Consultation closed: 2015-12-15

We are seeking feedback on the current processes for the appointment of judicial officers in Queensland.

Review of free range egg labelling
Consultation closed: 2015-11-27

On 12 June 2015, Consumer Affairs Ministers from the Commonwealth, States and Territories requested the preparation of a draft national standard on free range egg labelling. Feedback is now invited on the consultation paper.

Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence: recommendations 118 and 120
Consultation closed: 2015-10-23

On 28 February 2015, the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence (the Taskforce) provided its report, Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic Violence in Queensland.

Review of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009
Consultation closed: 2015-05-11

This consultation paper is part of the three year statutory review of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (the QCAT Act). Submissions are sought on the issues raised in the paper.

Activities prior to the current government

Electoral Commission of Queensland Report on Inquiry into the Redcliffe by-election 2014
Consultation closed: 2014-06-14

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) recently completed an inquiry into the way February’s Redcliffe by-election was conducted after a number of complaints about the activity of political supporters at polling booths on the day of the by-election were received and reported in the media.

Review of Right to Information and Privacy laws
Consultation closed: 2013-11-15

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General started a review of the Right to Information Act 2009 (the RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (the IP Act) in June 2011. Feedback is now invited on two discussion papers prepared as part of this review.

Review of the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994
Consultation closed: 2013-07-03

This options paper is part of the statutory review of the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (the Act). Submissions are sought on the issues raised in the paper.

Safer Streets Crime Action Plan – Youth Justice
Consultation closed: 2013-06-30

Through its Safer Streets Crime Action Plan, the Newman Government made a commitment to crack down on crime. As part of this plan, in its first year the Newman Government has delivered a raft of criminal law reforms aimed at increasing sentences for offenders and breaking the cycle of youth crime.

Implementation Guidelines to the Queensland Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry Consultation
Consultation closed: 2013-03-21

The Queensland Government is seeking feedback on the draft Guidelines to the Queensland Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry. The Guidelines expand on the priorities and objectives set out in the code of practice for the building industry which outlines the Government’s expectations for principles and standards of behaviour to be observed within Queensland’s building industry.

Red tape reduction and other reform proposals for regulation of liquor and gaming
Consultation closed: 2013-03-15

To gauge public and community views on the government’s red tape reduction strategy, a discussion paper on red tape reduction proposals for liquor and gaming has been released for consultation. Liquor and gaming industry members and members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback on the wide-ranging issues the paper raises around liquor licensing and gaming in Queensland.

Splitting of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000
Consultation closed: 2013-03-11

The Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMD Act) provides for the licensing and regulation of real estate agents, resident letting agents (letting agents for community titles schemes), pastoral houses (sellers of rural-based livestock, chattels and property), property developers, motor dealers, auctioneers and commercial agents (i.e. debt collectors, process servers and repossession agents). Bills to split and repeal the PAMD Act into industry specific Acts have been drafted. The Queensland Government is now seeking proposals and input from stakeholders to slash red tape and reduce the legislative burden for businesses who are licensed under the PAMD Act.

Queensland's electoral laws
Consultation closed: 2013-03-01

The Electoral Act 1992 (Qld) governs the conduct of elections in Queensland. In addition to establishing the Electoral Commission of Queensland as an independent and impartial body to run free and democratic elections in Queensland, the Act deals with a range of issues including electoral rolls, voter enrolment, registration of political parties, voting, electoral advertising and election funding and disclosure.

Views on the referral of Queensland’s IR jurisdiction
Consultation closed: 2013-02-22

The Queensland Government is seeking the views of industrial relations stakeholders and the business community on whether it should maintain or terminate the referral of its industrial relations jurisdiction for the unincorporated private sector to the Commonwealth.

Queensland Regulatory Simplification Plan
Consultation closed: 2012-12-31

Identifying opportunities to reduce unnecessary and excessive legislative requirements, and streamline administrative and procurement processes.

Management rights in community titles schemes
Consultation closed: 2012-05-08

This discussion paper seeks submissions about the current state of management rights in Queensland. The defining characteristics of the management rights business model and market are discussed, alongside concerns about the impacts of rising costs on lot owners and the relative lack of competition in the provision of management rights services.

Criminal Justice Procedure Reform
Consultation closed: 2012-03-31

Since the 2009 release of a report by the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, the Queensland Government has embarked on a process to deliver the biggest change to Queensland’s criminal justice procedure in 100 years.

Have your say on proposed safety switch laws
Consultation closed: 2012-03-31

Changes to the current safety switch laws are necessary to save lives. The Safety Switch Regulatory Assessment Statement proposes four options for change to extend the mandatory fitting of safety switches to power, lighting and other safety switch capable electrical circuits in all types of Queensland homes and temporary accommodation such as hotels and hostels.

Have your say on Queensland's retail shop leasing legislation
Consultation closed: 2012-01-30

The Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (the Act) governs retail shop leases in Queensland, including mandatory minimum standards for such leases and a low cost dispute resolution process for retail tenancy disputes.

Minimum standard non-parole periods
Consultation closed: 2011-11-08

On 20 December 2010, the Sentencing Advisory Council (The Council) was asked to examine the appropriate offences to which a minimum standard non-parole period (MSNPP) should apply, and the appropriate length of the standard non-parole period for each of the offences identified.

Industry comment - QLeave Scheme Review consultation
Consultation closed: 2011-01-21

The Queensland Government is seeking comment from the building and construction industry on the QLeave Scheme Review.

Have your say on the Regulatory Impact Statement for major hazard facilities
Consultation closed: 2010-08-20

The Queensland Government is seeking public input into proposed changes to the regulation of major hazard facilities and large dangerous goods locations, specifically:

  • abolishing the flammable and combustible liquid licenses currently administered by local councils
  • introducing a partial cost recovery system to better regulate the industry.

Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill consultation
Consultation closed: 2010-07-09

The Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill 2010 repeals the Dividing Fences Act 1953 and introduces a new Act to deal with dividing fences and trees. It includes clarification on dividing fences and swimming pool fences, retaining walls, the meaning of a sufficient fence and destruction or alteration of a fence by a neighbour. It also places responsibility for the care and maintenance of a tree on a tree keeper and introduces new remedies for neighbours in relation to trees.

Criminal Justice Procedure in Queensland
Consultation closed: 2010-06-18

On 13 April 2010, public consultation began on the second stage of a massive program of reforms focusing on modernising Queensland’s civil and criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice Procedure in Queensland discussion paper provides an overview of a possible framework for an overhaul of all criminal justice procedure legislation. It also focuses on increasing the adoption of electronic processes within the justice system in Queensland.

The Queensland Workers' Compensation Scheme: ensuring sustainability and fairness
Consultation closed: 2010-03-24

This discussion paper is intended to provide a structure for formal consultation on options to address the increase in common law claims and claims costs, including the recommendations of the WorkCover Board as well as the alternative packages proposed, which comprise measures suggested by stakeholders to date.

Proposals for mandatory fitting of safety switches on all residential electrical installations in Queensland
Consultation closed: 2010-02-26

The purpose of this discussion paper is to propose the extension of the existing mandatory safety switch requirements to include temporary residential accommodation places, such as short-term holiday accommodation, hostels, boarding houses, hotels, motels, on-site temporary and semi-permanent accommodation provided by caravan and holiday parks, as well as for all Queensland domestic residences. This will ensure all Queensland residents and visitors are afforded the same level of protection from electrical injury and death regardless of their accommodation choice.

Attorney-General invites feedback on sweeping court reforms
Consultation closed: 2010-01-31

On 24 November, Attorney-General Cameron Dick released the containing the first stage of the Government’s progressive rollout of sweeping reforms focussed on modernising Queensland’s civil and criminal justice system.

The introduction of a new partial defence for victims of seriously abusive relationships
Consultation closed: 2009-10-16

The Government proposes to introduce a new defence for homicide into the Criminal Code. The defence will apply in cases where the accused has unlawfully killed another in certain circumstances.

Queensland Government model for the decriminalisation of altruistic surrogacy and the transfer of legal parentage
Consultation closed: 2009-09-30

The proposed legislative framework for altruistic surrogacy aims to achieve a balance between helping childless Queenslanders to become parents and protecting the rights and interests of the child.

Review of the legal status of children being cared for by same-sex parents
Consultation closed: 2009-09-30

The current status of the law, the issues resulting from the current law, the findings and recommendations of reviews in other Australian jurisdictions and the Queensland Government’s position are outlined in this paper.

Draft Victims of Crime Assistance Bill 2009 released for public consultation
Consultation closed: 2009-06-12

The draft Victims of Crime Assistance Bill 2009 provides for a new scheme which focuses on victim recovery by paying for or reimbursing the costs of goods and services that the victim requires to help them recover from the physical and psychological effects of the crime.

Discussion paper on 'battered persons' defence
Consultation closed: 2009-05-25

The discussion paper is a result of a review of the use of provocation and accident defences in murder and manslaughter trials, conducted by the Queensland Law Reform Commission in 2008.

Community urged to have its say on community titles schemes
Consultation closed: 2009-02-28

The Department has released a discussion paper, Sharing Expenses in Community Titles Schemes, to inform the community about the current system for setting and adjusting lot entitlements and encourage public discussion and comment about the system.

Non-consensual Genetic Testing discussion paper
Consultation closed: 2009-01-31

On 6 November 2008, the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General released the Model Criminal Law Officers’ Committee’s (MCLOC) Discussion Paper on non-consensual genetic testing for public consultation.

Spent Convictions Bill 2008
Consultation closed: 2009-01-27

Spent convictions schemes exist in all Australian jurisdictions, except Victoria and South Australia. The schemes vary in operation between jurisdictions through the level of convictions capable of being spent, exclusions from the schemes, when the waiting period commences and its length, the means by which convictions become spent and the situations in which such information may be used, disclosed and taken into account.

Review of s280 of Criminal Code (domestic discipline)
Consultation closed: 2008-12-31

Read the Queensland Government Response to the Queensland Law Reform Commission Report - Public Justice, Private Lives: A New Approach to Confidentiality in the Guardianship System.

Shaping Queensland's Guardianship Legislation: Principles and Capacity
Consultation closed: 2008-12-12

The Queensland Law Reform Commission has commenced stage two of its consultation on Queensland's guardianship laws. Stage one looked at rules of confidentiality. Stage two is looking more widely at the guardianship legislation and separate discussion papers dealing with the issues will be published. The Commission's first discussion paper and companion paper for stage two looks at the threshold issues of capacity, the general principles and health care principle.

Review of neighbourly relations - trees and resolving neighbourhood disputes
Consultation closed: 2008-10-31

Dangerous and intrusive trees are one of the most common causes of neighbourhood conflict.

Review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland
Consultation closed: 2008-09-05

On 8 August 2008 the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Kerry Shine called for a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland, with the aim of identifying practical improvements to resolve cases more quickly and fairly.

Improving Cape York justice project
Consultation closed: 2008-06-09

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is currently examining ways to improve the delivery of justice services to Cape York communities.

New civil and administrative tribunal for Queensland
Consultation closed: 2008-05-30

The government will establish a single civil and administrative tribunal.

Views sought on proposed changes to body corporate regulations
Consultation closed: 2008-03-14

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is seeking public comment on proposed regulations under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997.

Queenslanders urged to have their say on Freedom of Information
Consultation closed: 2008-03-07

On 10 June 2008, the Panel Chair, Dr David Solomon AM, delivered the report, The Right to Information, to the Honourable Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland and the Honourable Kerry Shine MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland.

Victims of crime review
Consultation closed: 2008-02-01

On 24 November 2008 Premier Anna Bligh and Attorney-General Kerry Shine announced that the new Victims Financial Assistance Scheme would replace the current scheme under the Criminal Offence Victims Act 1995 (COVA).

Response to Queensland Advocacy Report
Consultation closed: 2008-01-01

A report produced by Queensland Advocacy Incorporated on the issues faced by people with a disability within the Queensland criminal justice system.

Reform of civil and administrative justice
Consultation closed: 2007-12-21

This discussion paper is part of a project that aims to improve the delivery of civil and administrative justice across all Queensland Government agencies. The project is conducted by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Audit on defences to homicide: accident and provocation
Consultation closed: 2007-12-03

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Kerry Shine recently commissioned an audit of homicide trials to ascertain the nature and frequency of the reliance on the excuse of accident (under section 23 of the Criminal Code) and the partial defence to murder of provocation (under section 304 of the Criminal Code).

Review of neighbourly relations - dividing fences
Consultation closed: 2007-07-26

Fences are one of the most common causes of neighbourhood conflict and complaints to government departments and councils.

Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002
Consultation closed: 2007-03-01

The review assessed the operation of the Act since its commencement, including the strengths and achievements of the Act and ways in which the operation of the Act may be improved.

Litigation funding - SCAG consultation paper
Consultation closed: 2006-09-14

The Standing Committee of Attorneys General (SCAG) agreed that further consultation and research should be undertaken into regulating the litigation funding industry.

Unauthorised photographs on the internet and ancillary privacy issues
Consultation closed: 2005-10-14

At a meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) in August 2003, Ministers agreed that all State and Territory officers would work in consultation to develop options for reform to address the issue of unauthorised publication of photographs being made available on websites.

State and Territory proposal for uniform defamation laws
Consultation closed: 2004-09-30

Defamation laws in Australia vary between the States and Territories. These cross-jurisdictional differences have become more significant with the escalation in internet publication and the practical realities of mass communication.


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15 September 2017
Last updated
13 September 2017
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