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Births, deaths and marriages

[+] 2010-10-08

Couples say ‘I do’ for their perfect 10 *

Queenslanders' passion for getting married on memorable dates has continued this year. Attorney-General Cameron Dick said the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages had received significant interest from couples who want to exchange vows on the tenth day of the tenth month in the year 2010. Read more

Electrical safety

[+] 2010-12-22

Consumers warned after Christmas rope lights recall *

Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick today warned Queensland consumers about the voluntary recall by a manufacturer of three different types of Christmas lights which could cause fires or give people an electric shock. Read more

[+] 2010-11-03

Beware the risks posed by cheap Christmas lights *

The Bligh Government has urged Queenslanders to resist the lure of cheap or second-hand Christmas lights because of the electrical dangers they can pose. Read more

[+] 2010-06-30

Minister urges appliance safety checks in holiday vans *

Holiday makers have been urged to double-check the safety of their on-board electrical appliances in caravans as they hit the road these school holidays. Read more

[+] 2010-03-09

Tougher safety measures for foil ceiling insulation *

The Queensland Government has introduced tough new mandatory safety measures to minimise the risks associated with electrically conductive foil ceiling insulation. Read more

[+] 2010-01-20

Insulation installers targeted in statewide safety blitz *

Queensland Government electrical safety inspectors have audited more than 370 insulation installers as part of a statewide safety blitz, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick announced today. Read more

Industrial relations

[+] 2010-12-31

Extraordinary retail trading in flood affected Rockhampton and Bundaberg *

A direction has today been made under the Disaster Management Act 2003 to permit retail trading for groceries and other essential items in Rockhampton and Bundaberg on New Year’s Day, Saturday 1 January, 2011, and on subsequent days, while these communities remain threatened by flooding. Read more

[+] 2010-10-28

Rare five-day long weekend for Queensland workers next year *

Queensland workers will enjoy a rare five-day long weekend next Easter as the result of a once-in-a-generation clash of dates. Read more

[+] 2010-10-19

Funding for advocacy services continue to help vulnerable *

The Bligh Government has demonstrated its commitment to vulnerable workers by providing funding of $1.5 million to two important Queensland advocacy services. Read more

[+] 2010-10-11

Bligh Government’s new code puts sweatshop bosses on notice *

The Bligh Government is putting clothing sweatshop bosses on notice with the introduction of a mandatory code of practice to protect workers from exploitation. Read more

[+] 2010-10-07

Christmas-New Year workers to be paid penalty rates *

Employees who work on Christmas and New Year’s Day this summer will be entitled to penalty rates as a result of new laws passed by State Parliament today. Read more

[+] 2010-09-14

Proper pay for Christmas-New Year workers this year *

Workers forced to be away from their families on Christmas Day this year will receive the penalty rates they deserve, thanks to law changes to be introduced into Parliament this week. Read more

[+] 2010-06-24

Government tables report into taxi industry *

The Queensland Government has tabled in Parliament today a report into the taxi industry by the Workplace Rights Ombudsman. Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the government would now liaise with key stakeholders, including the taxi industry, as it develops a response to the report. Read more

Justice services

[+] 2010-12-20

Standard minimum jail terms on Sentencing Advisory Council agenda *

Queensland’s new Sentencing Advisory Council gathered for the first time today, with standard minimum jail terms for serious crimes at the top of the council’s meeting agenda. Read more

[+] 2010-12-16

Attorney-General requests advice on possible Nuttall appeal *

Statement by Attorney-General Cameron Dick: I have requested legal advice today about the prospects of success on an appeal against the sentence imposed on Gordon Nuttall on 16 December 2010. Read more

[+] 2010-12-10

Queensland courts continue to achieve high clearance rates *

Queensland courts continued their record of efficiently resolving criminal and civil cases last financial year, despite an overall increase in workload. Read more

[+] 2010-12-10

Crime does not pay as DPP targets $27m from crooks *

Queensland’s crackdown on the ill-gotten gains of criminal activities continued in 2009-10, with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions helping to target cash and assets worth almost $27 million from criminals. Read more

[+] 2010-12-09

New Anti-Discrimination Commissioner a respected human rights advocate *

A highly respected human rights and disabilities advocate has been appointed as Queensland’s new Anti-Discrimination Commissioner. Read more

[+] 2010-12-09

Mount Isa solicitor appointed as magistrate *

A prominent north-west Queensland lawyer has been appointed as Mount Isa’s new magistrate. Read more

[+] 2010-12-03

Advisory council members give community greater input into sentencing *

A new era in Queensland’s criminal justice system has started today with the appointment of 12 members to the state’s first Sentencing Advisory Council. Read more

[+] 2010-12-02

Attorney-General announces new Queensland Ombudsman *

A high-level administrator with more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector has been appointed as Queensland’s new Ombudsman. Read more

[+] 2010-11-25

New laws to clarify neighbourly rights over trees and fences *

Queenslanders will have a clear framework for resolving disputes between neighbours over trees and fences under new laws introduced into State Parliament today. Read more

[+] 2010-11-24

Crime crackdown closes legal loopholes *

Murderous ex-lovers, graveyard vandals and unscrupulous landlords are in the Bligh Government’s legal sights with tough new laws introduced in Parliament today. Read more

[+] 2010-11-23

Attorney-General directs State Coroner to re-open Arnold-Leahy case *

The Attorney-General has directed the Queensland State Coroner to re-open the inquest into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Vicki Arnold and Julie-Anne Leahy. Read more

[+] 2010-11-17

Hard work of Mackay Murri Court volunteers acknowledged *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has joined Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt in Mackay to acknowledge the hard work of Murri Court volunteers. Read more

[+] 2010-11-12

Legal Services Commission maintains legal standards *

The Legal Services Commission has continued its important role in the governance of the legal profession, finalising more than 1200 complaints and investigations during a busy 2009-10 financial year. Read more

[+] 2010-11-12

Detailed review of guardianship laws released *

The Queensland Government has released the results of a very detailed review of the state’s guardianship laws. Read more

[+] 2010-11-11

Statement re: High Court decision in Totani matter *

Statement by the Attorney-General re High Court decision in Totani matter. Read more

[+] 2010-11-10

New ‘super’ tribunal achieves success in first seven months of operation *

Queensland’s new ‘super’ tribunal has been a successful addition to the state’s justice system, achieving a clearance rate of 87 per cent in its first seven months of operation amid increasing demand for its services. Read more

[+] 2010-11-10

Attorney-General to appeal Price, Major sentences *

Today, I have lodged an appeal in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane against the sentences imposed on Benjamin Thomas Price for assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault. Read more

[+] 2010-11-05

Three significant appointments made within justice portfolio *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has announced three significant appointments within the justice portfolio. Read more

[+] 2010-11-03

Bligh Government to protect businesses from rent rort *

The Bligh Government will introduce changes to shop leasing laws to force landlords to pass on rent savings to lessees. Read more

[+] 2010-10-28

Parliament passes laws to strengthen state's sentencing regime *

A package of reforms that strengthens Queensland's criminal sentencing regime has been passed by Queensland Parliament. Read more

[+] 2010-10-25

Standard minimum jail terms part of sentencing reform *

The Bligh Government will take its tough stance on violent crime to a new level, introducing standard non-parole periods to ensure jail time fits the crime. Read more

[+] 2010-10-22

Attorney-General to appeal Byrnes sentence *

Today I have lodged an appeal in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane against the sentence imposed on Gerard Vincent Byrnes for the offences of rape, maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship, and indecent treatment of a child under the age of 16. Read more

[+] 2010-10-18

New technology to help vision-impaired voters *

Blind and vision-impaired Queenslanders may soon be given the opportunity to do what most voters take for granted: being able to cast a secret ballot. Attorney-General Cameron Dick said the Electoral Commission of Queensland was researching computer-based voting technology with funding of $960,000 in 2010-11. Read more

[+] 2010-10-06

Parliament passes laws to lift magistrate retirement age *

Queensland magistrates can now serve on the bench for an extra five years under laws passed by State Parliament today. Read more

[+] 2010-10-06

New Right to Information Commissioners appointed *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has announced the appointment of respected lawyers Jenny Mead and Clare Smith as part-time Right to Information Commissioners. Read more

[+] 2010-10-05

Attorney-General to appeal Thomason sentence *

Today I have lodged an appeal in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane against the sentence imposed on Floyd Samson Henare Thomason for grievous bodily harm. Read more

[+] 2010-09-30

CMC secures forfeiture of criminal’s assets worth $5.5m *

The Crime and Misconduct Commission’s fight against organised crime made substantial inroads in 2009-10, with the net value of assets forfeited by criminals reaching a record $5.5 million. Read more

[+] 2010-09-30

Ombudsman maintains high clearance rate *

The Queensland Ombudsman – a key part of the State Government’s accountability framework – has maintained its high clearance rates during a busy 2009-10 financial year. Read more

[+] 2010-09-30

Queensland courts record impressive clearance rates *

Queensland’s courts have recorded impressive clearance rates for 2009-10, highlighting the effectiveness of the state’s justice system. Read more

[+] 2010-09-29

Sunshine Coast welcomes new Public Trustee regional office *

The Sunshine Coast’s growing population now has easier access to the valuable services offered by the Public Trustee thanks to the opening of a new regional office. Read more

[+] 2010-09-21

Southside residents get first look at justice in the suburbs *

Southside residents are the first in Queensland to get access to the Bligh Government’s new Justice Connect mobile shopfront service. Read more

[+] 2010-09-17

Attorney-General refers Townsville cold case to State Coroner *

Today, I have written to the Queensland State Coroner for an inquest to be re-opened into the circumstances surrounding the death of Anthony John Jones, who went missing in Townsville in 1982. Read more

[+] 2010-09-17

Queensland’s rate of suspended sentences lowest in the country *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick told Parliament today that the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data comparing criminal courts across Australia showed that Queensland courts were tough on crime. Read more

[+] 2010-09-16

New guide provides further support to victims of crime *

Victims of crime will be better supported on their path to recovery with the introduction of a new victims guide, Attorney-General Cameron Dick told State Parliament today. Read more

[+] 2010-09-16

Parental leave to be extended to surrogate families *

Queensland workers who enter into legal surrogacy arrangements and are covered by the state’s industrial relations laws will soon be entitled to parental leave under proposed reforms introduced to State Parliament tonight. Read more

[+] 2010-09-13

State Government to amend laws relating to accident, provocation *

Jealous ex-lovers will be prevented from using provocation as an excuse for criminal behaviour under Criminal Code amendments to be introduced by the Queensland Government. Read more

[+] 2010-09-09

New District Court judge for Townsville *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has announced the appointment of John Baulch SC as a judge of the District Court of Queensland. Read more

[+] 2010-09-08

Woodridge JPs recognised for 65 years of community service *

Member for Woodridge Desley Scott and Attorney-General Cameron Dick this week acknowledged 65 years of dedicated community service by local Justices of the Peace. Read more

[+] 2010-09-06

Queensland Govt receives death penalty undertaking from Alabama *

The Queensland Government has authorised the release of further evidence in relation to David Gabriel Watson, after Alabama authorities provided a binding undertaking to not pursue the death penalty. Read more

[+] 2010-09-06

New service provides victims of crime with almost $2.2 million *

The Queensland Government’s new support service for victims of violent crimes is proving to be a success, with almost $2.2 million distributed to applicants in the first eight months of operation. Read more

[+] 2010-09-06

Sentencing changes flag longer jail terms for violent offenders *

Serious violent offenders, particularly those who commit offences against children, can expect to serve longer jail terms under planned amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act. Read more

[+] 2010-09-03

Attorney-General to appeal Perini sentence *

An appeal has been lodged in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane against the sentences imposed on Maurizio Perini for manslaughter, burglary with circumstances of aggravation, burglary and stealing, and interference with a corpse. Read more

[+] 2010-09-02

Parliament passes tougher laws for dangerous sex offenders *

Dangerous sex offenders will face longer prison sentences and closer supervision on release under tough new laws passed tonight by State Parliament. Read more

[+] 2010-08-24

Statement from Attorney-General regarding David Gabriel Watson *

I have again written to Alabama Attorney-General Troy King today in an attempt to finalise matters concerning the possible US prosecution of David Gabriel Watson. Read more

[+] 2010-08-24

Final FOI report heralds new era in access to government information *

Queensland’s pioneering approach to the provision of public access to government-held documents reached another milestone this week. The 17th and final Freedom of Information Act annual report has been tabled in Parliament. Read more

[+] 2010-08-19

Funding boost for community justice groups in South Queensland *

Indigenous community justice groups in South Queensland will benefit from a funding boost of $415,000 from the Bligh Government for 2010-11. Community justice groups in Maryborough, Cunnamulla, Cherbourg, Goondiwindi and St George would receive funding this financial year. Read more

[+] 2010-08-05

DNA testing guidelines strike the right balance in serving justice *

The Bligh Government has released guidelines that provide a framework for determining when post-conviction DNA testing can be conducted for serious criminal offences. Read more

[+] 2010-08-03

Access to justice quicker, easier thanks to passage of sweeping reforms *

Access to justice in Queensland will be quicker and easier following the passage of sweeping reforms through State Parliament today. Read more

[+] 2010-08-02

Sentencing reforms target paedophiles, violent and repeat offenders *

Paedophiles and criminals who commit violent offences against children are targeted under stronger sentencing laws to be introduced into Parliament this week. Read more

[+] 2010-07-29

Davis DNA retesting completed *

The retesting of DNA material relating to the case of Shane Sebastian Davis has been completed, Attorney-General Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2010-07-27

Roma JPs recognised for 200 years of community service *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick today acknowledged 200 years of dedicated community service by local Justices of the Peace. Read more

[+] 2010-07-27

Valuable member of Roma court community acknowledged *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick today acknowledged the valuable contribution of a Roma resident to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. Read more

[+] 2010-07-20

Tough laws force SPER fine dodgers to pay up *

The Government's crackdown on fine dodgers has paid off, with a record total of $166.4 million in unpaid fines collected in 2009-10. Read more

[+] 2010-07-20

Easier connection to justice with new mobile service *

The Bligh Government will make it easier for the public to get access to justice-related services, with a new mobile shopfront going directly to where people live and work. Read more

[+] 2010-07-19

Attorney-General to appeal Patel sentence *

An appeal was lodged today in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane against the sentences imposed on Jayant Patel for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm. Read more

[+] 2010-07-19

New law, tougher penalties target graveyard vandalism *

People who damage graves and headstones will face up to seven years in jail as part of a package of legal reforms that will target graveyard vandalism. Read more

[+] 2010-07-02

$100,000 boost to victims-of-crime support services *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has invited organisations who provide services for victims of crime to apply for funding through Victim Assist Queensland. Read more

[+] 2010-07-02

Attorney-General announces new Supreme Court judge *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has announced the appointment of David Boddice SC as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Read more

[+] 2010-06-30

Last chance to have a say on neighbourhood dispute laws *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick today encouraged Queenslanders to have their say on draft neighbourhood dispute laws before submissions close on 9 July. Read more

[+] 2010-06-29

Needham appointed as watchdog under anti-organised crime laws *

Respected lawyer and former Crime and Misconduct Commission chair Robert Needham has been appointed as the public interest watchdog under Queensland's laws targeting criminal organisations. Read more

[+] 2010-06-28

Attorney-General acknowledges work of Redlands court volunteers *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has acknowledged the hard work of court volunteers in a ceremony at the Cleveland Courthouse today. Read more

[+] 2010-06-09

Building a stronger justice system across the State *

A massive court building program supporting thousands of jobs, more frontline staff and better legal aid services for Queenslanders are the focus of this year's record $1.046 billion justice budget. Read more

[+] 2010-06-02

Attorney General opens new Murri Court in Toowoomba *

Attorney General Cameron Dick today officially opened the new Murri Court in Toowoomba, bringing the number of established Murri Courts in the state to 17. Read more

[+] 2010-06-02

Toowoomba JPs recognised for 300 years of community service *

Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine and Attorney-General Cameron Dick today acknowledged 300 years of dedicated community service by local Justices of the Peace. Read more

[+] 2010-05-28

Retirement age for magistrates to rise *

The Bligh Government will lift the retirement age for magistrates, bringing them into line with Supreme and District Court judges. Read more

[+] 2010-05-28

Rockhampton students to cross-examine Attorney-General *

Students from two Rockhampton high schools will get the chance to cross-examine Queensland's top law officer, Attorney-General Cameron Dick, when he visits the region next week for the Bligh Government's Community Cabinet meeting. Read more

[+] 2010-05-24

Government seeks feedback on reviews of indigenous programs *

The Bligh Government is seeking feedback from key stakeholders on reviews of two important indigenous justice programs. Read more

[+] 2010-05-16

Attorney-General flags even tougher laws for dangerous sex offenders *

The Bligh Government is strengthening the laws relating to dangerous sex offenders to improve community safety. Read more

[+] 2010-05-12

Neighbourhood disputes over trees and fences to be easier to resolve *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has tabled in State Parliament draft laws to make it easier to resolve neighbourhood disputes over trees and fences. Read more

[+] 2010-04-14

Fine dodgers paying up in record numbers *

Fine dodgers paid up in record numbers in March, a sign the Bligh Government’s tough new fine collection laws are working. Attorney-General Cameron Dick said March 2010 was the State Penalties Enforcement Registry’s (SPER) highest recorded collection month in its history. Read more

[+] 2010-04-14

Attorney-General tables jury directions report in State Parliament *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has tabled in State Parliament a report by the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) into the directions and instructions given to juries. Read more

[+] 2010-04-13

Major milestone for justice in Queensland *

Queensland justice marked a major milestone today as Attorney-General Cameron Dick introduced legislation into State Parliament paving the way for significant reforms to the criminal and civil justice system. Read more

[+] 2010-03-17

Independent survey reflects level of community safety *

An independent survey has found that Queensland is one of the safest communities in Australia, Attorney-General Cameron Dick told a community safety forum today. Read more

[+] 2010-03-11

Caps increased for personal injury payouts *

State Parliament today passed important new legislation to increase the maximum amounts available for personal injury compensation in Queensland. Read more

[+] 2010-03-10

Flood victims offered free replacement birth certificates *

Residents of flood-ravaged communities in central and south western Queensland have been offered help to replace important documents lost in floodwaters. Read more

[+] 2010-03-06

Ipswich welcomes new era in local justice *

The Queensland Government’s commitment to Ipswich and the western corridor was highlighted with the official opening of the region’s new $92 million courthouse. Read more

[+] 2010-03-03

FNQ mediation training to ease disputes *

An innovative mediation training program planned in the far north next month will give residents the chance to learn how to effectively work with people to settle disputes. Attorney-General Cameron Dick, who will be in the region this weekend with the Premier and his Cabinet colleagues for the Bligh Government’s Community Cabinet meeting, announced the training program today. Read more

[+] 2010-03-03

Corporate fine dodgers face crackdown *

Fine dodging corporate fat cats will be targeted as part of the next stage of a State Government’s crackdown on fine evaders. Premier Anna Bligh said the new laws, to be introduced into Parliament later this year, will target corporations with unpaid fines. Read more

[+] 2010-02-16

Attorney-General praises work of Townsville Murri Court elders *

Murri Court elders in Townsville were today presented with ceremonial sashes to recognise the special role they play within the state’s justice system. Read more

[+] 2010-02-16

Attorney General opens new Murri Court in Charters Towers *

Attorney General Cameron Dick today opened the new Murri Court in Charters Towers, bringing the number of established Murri Courts in Queensland to 17. Read more

[+] 2010-02-16

Life Decisions forums to help older Queenslanders *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick today announced a series of Life Decisions forums for older Queenslanders will be held throughout the State this year, starting with a forum next month in Townsville. Read more

[+] 2010-02-16

North’s top mediator honoured for problem-solving efforts *

The mediation skills of North Queensland’s most prolific problem-solver have been recognised by Attorney-General Cameron Dick. Read more

[+] 2010-02-11

Altruistic surrogacy no longer a crime *

Queensland couples unable to have children now have new hope after State Parliament tonight passed laws that decriminalise altruistic surrogacy. Read more

[+] 2010-02-09

Criminal Code amendments protect Queenslanders' rights *

The Queensland Parliament has passed two important changes to the Criminal Code to protect the rights of Queenslanders. Read more

[+] 2010-02-07

Community to be given greater say on criminal sentences *

A sentencing advisory council will be established by the Bligh Government to give the community a greater say on how criminals are punished in Queensland. Read more

[+] 2010-01-01

Clamps tighten on serial fine dodgers *

The State Government is set to introduce tough new measures to clamp down on people who fail to pay their fines. Read more

Law week

[+] 2010-05-13

Justice the focus of Townsville’s Law Week activities *

A walk for justice will kick-start a full program of activities focused on the state’s legal system when Law Week gets under way in Townsville next week. Read more

[+] 2010-05-10

Enduring Power of Attorney provides support when needed

Attorney-General Cameron Dick said Law Week (17-23 May 2010) was an ideal time to consider appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney. Read more

[+] 2010-04-21

Free wills can put the mind at ease

Attorney-General Cameron Dick is encouraging Queenslanders to take advantage of the Public Trustee's free will preparation service, as part of this year’s Law Week (17-23 May 2010). Read more

[+] 2010-04-21

Little Red Riding Hood to give evidence

Little Red Riding Hood will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday 22 March to give evidence in support of her father, who is being charged with murdering the Big Bad Wolf. Read more

Victims of crime

[+] 2010-11-18

Victims of crime in far north Queensland get access to more help *

Victims of crime in far north Queensland will have access to more help with the local release of a new guide, Attorney-General Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2010-10-22

Victims of crime in central Queensland get access to more help *

Victims of crime in central Queensland will have access to more help with the local release of a new guide, Attorney-General Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2010-10-20

Funding to support intellectually disabled victims of crime *

A Brisbane-based organisation will receive funding to help support victims of crime who have an intellectual disability. Attorney-General Cameron Dick said a grant of $62,000 had been awarded to WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association, an organisation supporting women with intellectual disabilities who have experienced or are at risk of sexual violence. Read more

[+] 2010-10-19

Funding boost to support men’s recovery from sexual assault *

A Brisbane-based support service for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or assault has been granted funding from the Queensland Government. Read more

Worker's compensation and rehabilitation

[+] 2010-10-15

Improvements suggested for workers’ comp scheme *

The Queensland Government has asked for public feedback on the findings of an independent review into the state’s workers’ compensation system. Read more

Workplace health and safety

[+] 2010-12-23

Advice for staying safe during workplace flood clean up *

Queenslanders cleaning up workplaces in the wake of recent heavy rains have been urged to take care and put workplace health and safety first. Read more

[+] 2010-12-22

Worksite health and safety urged over Christmas and New Year period *

Contactors and employers have been urged to consider their workplace health and safety responsibilities as worksites close down over the Christmas holiday break. Read more

[+] 2010-12-10

State Government to assess safety of gymnastics activities *

The Queensland Government will work with gymnastics clubs across the state to assess the level of safety in the sport as part of its response to a tragic incident last year. Read more

[+] 2010-12-09

Employers urged to protect workers from summer heat *

Employers should ensure their workers are protected from the sun and heat now that summer has arrived. Read more

[+] 2010-12-07

Take care of young Queenslanders starting first jobs *

Queensland employers have been urged to do the right thing by young workers starting their first job at this time of year. Read more

[+] 2010-12-07

Safety urged when operating trucks and moving industrial plant *

Employers have been urged to ensure safe work practices are in place for moving industrial plant and using vehicles following a spate of court cases highlighting dangerous incidents. Read more

[+] 2010-10-26

Workplace health and safety key focus at Indigenous business seminar *

Workplace health and safety issues will be the focus at an Indigenous Business Leaders luncheon to be held in Brisbane tomorrow, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said. Read more

[+] 2010-10-26

Maroochy builders focus on Workplace health and safety issues *

Workplace health and safety issues will be the focus at this week’s Maroochy builders’ breakfast, which is being held as part of Safe Work Australia Week activities. Read more

[+] 2010-10-26

Minister announces winners of 2010 Queensland Work Safe Awards *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has announced the winners of the 2010 Queensland Work Safe Awards, which recognise excellence in workplace health and safety. Read more

[+] 2010-10-25

Week focuses on ways to cut death and injury in workplace *

The Bligh Government has urged employees, employers and the community to work together to cut the incidence of death and injury in the workplace. The plea was made today by Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick as part of Safe Work Week, which runs from 24-30 October. Read more

[+] 2010-10-18

Queensland innovation leads way in prestigious Work Safe Awards *

A gourmet food producer, a rural industry, transport companies, a local government worker and corporate giants are among the 16 finalists in Queensland’s 2010 Work Safe Awards. The winners, to be announced during Safe Work Australia Week from 24–30 October, will share in $5000 prizemoney and go on to contest the national Safe Work Australia Awards. Read more

[+] 2010-10-12

League legend to lead the charge into Safe Work Week *

Rugby league legend and record-breaking State of Origin coach Mal Meninga will tackle a new challenge on behalf of Queensland workers when he takes up his role as a safety ambassador for Safe Work Australia Week this month. Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said Mal’s support for Safe Work Australia Week would highlight the need for workplace safety among workers and employers across the state. Read more

[+] 2010-09-30

Falls from height a priority in construction industry safety campaign *

Hundreds of building and construction sites will be audited across Queensland as part of a Bligh Government initiative to help improve the industry’s safety performance. Read more

[+] 2010-09-28

WorkCover Queensland in strong position – report *

WorkCover Queensland has emerged from the global financial crisis in good shape, with its 2009-10 annual report showing the scheme remains fully funded with net assets of $385 million. Read more

[+] 2010-09-09

New workplace health and safety rules for Queensland’s rural industry

New work safety rules apply for farmers and rural industries from this month with the phasing out of legislated occupational health and safety exemptions for rural Queensland. Read more

[+] 2010-08-27

Fishing vessels to be targeted in winch safety audit *

Commercial fishing vessels will be targeted by a new safety campaign to improve safety and raise awareness of the use of capstan and windlass winches. Read more

[+] 2010-08-05

Ekka amusement rides get all-clear from safety inspectors *

Queensland Government safety inspectors have given the Ekka’s amusement rides the all-clear following safety checks this week ahead of the show’s opening today. Read more

[+] 2010-07-09

Gold Coast safety workshop to focus on reducing workplace sprains and strains

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is offering a free full-day workshop on the Gold Coast next week focusing on how to reduce work-related sprains and strains in the manufacturing industry and improve businesses’ bottom line. Read more

[+] 2010-07-01

Employers, workers urged to work safe after spate of tragic accidents *

Employers and workers across the state have been urged to boost their workplace safety efforts after a recent spate of tragic incidents, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2010-06-30

Braddy praised for contribution as Q-COMP chair *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has praised the contribution of inaugural Q-COMP chair Paul Braddy, who retires on 30 June this year after seven years in the role. Former Queensland Government Director-General Rachel Hunter has been appointed as the new Q-COMP chair and will take up the position from 1 July. Read more

[+] 2010-06-10

New laws protect workers’ compensation scheme, keep premiums low *

Injured Queensland workers will continue to enjoy the protection of Australia's strongest workers' compensation scheme under changes passed in Parliament today. Read more

[+] 2010-05-28

Minister urges safety around forklifts to reduce workplace injuries *

Employers have been urged to ensure they have safe work practices in place for the use of forklifts, including appropriate training for workers, following a spate of workplace injuries. Read more

[+] 2010-05-18

Legislation changes will keep workers' compensation scheme strong *

The Bligh Government has introduced laws to maintain Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme as the strongest in Australia and keep employer premiums low. Read more

[+] 2010-04-27

Government to protect common law rights for workers *

Premier Anna Bligh and the Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick have today announced that the Government will reform Queensland’s workers compensation scheme to ensure stability and certainty into the future. Read more

[+] 2010-04-22

Awards reward efforts to make workplaces safer *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today urged businesses who are leading the way towards making their workplaces safer to submit entries for this year’s Work Safe Awards. Read more

[+] 2010-03-11

Statewide campaign to make workplaces safer *

The Bligh Government has embarked on the state's largest medium-sized business education and audit campaign to help keep workers safe from workplace injury and death. Read more

[+] 2010-03-03

New dive industry code of practice to boost safety *

The Bligh Government has introduced new standards to boost safety in the dive industry, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick announced today. Mr Dick said the new recreational diving code introduced new provisions for dive training and solo diving, a compliance checklist for recreational diving and snorkelling, and provides safety advice for treating marine stings. Read more

[+] 2010-02-28

Keeping cane workers safe *

The Queensland Government has introduced a new program to keep cane harvesters, haulers and cane rail operators safe during the annual sugar cane crushing season. Read more

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1 February 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015
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