Queensland Law Society

You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare the following submissions.


QLRC – Civil surveillance and privacy review
The Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) is conducting an inquiry into the adequacy of Queensland’s laws to protect the privacy of individuals. Its focus is on whether modernisation relating to civil surveillance and the protection of privacy in the context of current and emerging technologies is required. The QLRC has developed the inquiry’s terms of reference and a consultation paper which includes a series of questions to assist in the formation of a new legislative framework.

Please provide your feedback before COB Thursday 31 January 2019.


Industrial manslaughter and other legislative amendments for resources safety and health
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy has requested stakeholder feedback to determine whether provisions in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 should be adopted for Queensland’s resources safety legislation. Provisions relate to:

  • industrial manslaughter
  • dispute resolution
  • prohibitions on discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct
  • entry permit holders.

Key issues raised in the discussion paper relate to the adequacy of:

  • penalties under the Resources Safety Acts
  • dispute resolution processes under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (CMSHA) and Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (MQSHA)
  • the reprisal provisions in the Resources Safety Acts
  • union representation of workers under the current frameworks in the CMSHA and MQSHA, and
  • proposals for inclusion of worker representation provisions in the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and Explosives Act 1999.

Please provide your feedback before COB Thursday 31 January 2019.


Indigenous Knowledge consultation
IP Australia is consulting with stakeholders who have an interest in how Indigenous Knowledge is protected, used and managed.

This consultation process follows the publication of Indigenous Knowledge: Issues for protection and management, produced by the Indigenous-owned legal firm, Terri Janke and Company, for IP Australia and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Please provide your feedback before COB Thursday 31 January 2019.