Queensland Law Society

Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

On Friday 17 January 2020, QLS also attended a public hearing regarding the proposed Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. While supporting the good intention of the reforms, the Society raised concerns with:

  • The proposed new ‘failure to report belief of child sexual offence committed in relation to child’ offence as it is broader than the recommendation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, creates a level of uncertainty and risks unintended consequences.
  • The need for the Bill to provide express clarity that legal professional privilege will be preserved in relation to the proposed offences.
  • The proposed change to the Evidence Act 1977 and the need for reforms of this nature and application, to be comprehensively considered by the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

QLS provided a written submission on the bill available here.