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.


Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Law Council of Australia is seeking feedback about the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The commissioners are required to provide an interim report by 31 October 2019.

Please provide your feedback before COB Tuesday 28 May 2019.


Feedback on the expert assistance pilot for child protection matters

In the 2013 report, Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection, the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, recommended that the Department of Justice and Attorney-General and the Chief Magistrate collaborate to develop and fund a pilot in which the Childrens Court can access expert assistance under section 107 of the Child Protection Act 1999.

Section 107 of the Child Protection Act 1999 enables the Childrens Court to appoint a person having a special knowledge or skill to help the court. The court may make an order appointing an expert on its own initiative or on the application of a party to the proceeding.

On 2 July 2018, the expert assistance pilot commenced in the Cairns and Beenleigh Childrens Court for complex child protection matters.

The Society requests members’ feedback in relation to the use and operation of the trial. Please provide your feedback before COB Tuesday 28 May 2019.


Intermediate sentencing options and parole

Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council is reviewing community-based sentencing, imprisonment and parole. Access the inquiry page, options paper and terms of reference.

Please provide your feedback before COB Tuesday 28 May 2019.

Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee have been referred the above Bill for consideration due to report by 1 November 2019. Access the explanatory notes.

Please provide your feedback before COB Friday 31 May 2019.