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Queensland Government Bulletin

07 December 2020

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Queensland Government Bulletin

In the media

Richardson Review: Law Council deeply concerned by recommendation to cut judiciary out of warrant approval
The Law Council of Australia has expressed deep concern over a key element of the Richardson Review: a recommendation that warrants to exercise intrusive intelligence collection powers should be authorised by the Minister alone and not overseen by a judge (04 December 2020).  More...

Law Council raises grave concerns about lack of safeguards in new ASIO powers
The Law Council of Australia is deeply concerned that the compulsory questioning powers of ASIO are set to be significantly expanded, without crucial safeguards and out of line with other nations in the Five Eyes alliance. Law Council of Australia President, said she was especially troubled by the proposal to remove any form of judicial involvement from the process of issuing these extraordinary warrants (04 December 2020).  More...

Government response to the Comprehensive Review into Intelligence Legislation (Richardson Review)
The Morrison Government released the unclassified version of the Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community (Richardson Review), along with the Government's response to the review (04 December 2020).  More...

National Emergency Declaration Bill
The Australian Government will be better able to respond to major emergencies through a new legislated framework for declaring national emergencies (03 December 2020).  More...

Enhancing domestic violence protections for Family Court users
The Morrison Government welcomes the launch of a $13.5 million pilot program which will enhance protections for families entering the family law system who are at risk of domestic violence (03 December 2020).  More...

Let’s not rush important Bills through Parliament
The Law Council of Australia is calling on the government to give key stakeholders and the Parliament time to scrutinize the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020. A close inspection of the stated operational case, the criteria, thresholds and process for the issuance of warrants, and the arrangements for independent oversight and review is needed (03 December 2020).  More...

New rules to detect, trace and block scam calls
The ACMA has registered new rules that require telcos to detect, trace and block scam calls. The Reducing Scam Calls Code, developed by the telco industry, was a direct recommendation of the ACMA’s Combating Scams Action Plan (02 December 2020).  More...

New campaign urges Australians to protect themselves against cybercrime
Australians are being urged to strengthen their cyber defences and be alert to online threats through a new national cyber security campaign. Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 represents our nation’s largest ever investment in cyber security and expands the cyber security capabilities and assistance provided through the Australian Signals Directorate and the ACSC (02 December 2020).  More...

Australia continues to combat foreign cybercriminals
The Morrison Government is continuing to strike back against offshore cybercriminals who are conducting COVID-19 related malicious activities, through an operation being led by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). “ASD is using its offensive cyber capabilities to attack the cybercriminals’ tools – disrupting their operations and interrupting their ability to exploit Australians (02 December 2020).  More...

The legal profession has taken a hit over Lawyer X. Can mandatory reporting fix it?
The Lawyer X royal commission found Nicola Gobbo breached the fundamental rules at the heart of the legal profession. While lawyers largely support the idea of mandatory reporting of misconduct, some believe police should be subjected to the same rules (01 December 2020).  More...

COVIDSafe app captures closer contacts
The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has released an update to the COVIDSafe app to improve Bluetooth communication across a wide range of mobile devices (30 November 2020).  More...

APSC serves up the State of the Service
The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released the findings from its latest and 23rd State of the Service survey revealing the APS has adapted to significant change and barriers arising over the past 12 months (30 November 2020).  More...

Publication of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants
The Australian Bar Association welcomes the publication of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (30 November 2020).  More...

Family Court merger ‘undesirable’ for families, former Family Court Chief Justices say
The government’s bill to abolish the specialist, stand-alone Family Court would have devastating impacts on families and result in a significant loss of structural, systemic specialisation, a coalition of stakeholders including the first and second Chief Justices of the Family Court has warned (29 November 2020).  More...

Gambling advertising monitoring program
During these first 12 months, the ACMA did not identify any major issues with the operation of the broadcasting code restrictions. However, because of some inconsistencies in providers notifying scheduled start times, and issues with record-keeping obligations, the ACMA decided to keep monitoring how the Online Content Service Provider Rules (the Online Rules) operated for another year (27 November 2020).  More...

Independent National Security Legislation Monitor appointed
Attorney-General Christian Porter announced the substantive appointment of Mr Grant Donaldson SC as Australia's fourth Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) (27 November 2020).  More...

Shopping up a storm? Be aware of what you share
As we head into the holiday shopping season, consumers are being reminded to safeguard personal information when making purchases online (27 November 2020)  More...

ACCC reports on COVID complainers
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released new figures that show COVID-19-related consumer reports make up the majority of the 109,446 complaints it received in the first 10 months of this year (26 November 2020).  More...

Census planners brought to their senses
Plans being made for the national Census in 2021 has been declared ‘partly effective’ by the Australian National Audit office following a performance audit,  implementing past Census recommendations and ensuring timely delivery of the 2021 Census (24 November 2020).  More...

Fraud centre comes clean on new guide
The Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre has published a new guide for Fraud Control Officers giving them a better understanding of the fraud risk assessment process and how it can benefit their organisations (24 November 2020) More...

Industry adopts People Strategy to build workplace
The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has published a new ‘People Strategy 2020-2022’ setting out its plans for developing a highly performing, diverse and skilled workforce that accepts a future that includes changes (24 November 2020).  More...

Training on track for APS and Ministers staff
The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has announced it is developing guidance and training to increase understanding about the roles played by Ministerial offices and those played by the Australian Public Service (APS) (24 November 2020).  More...

COVID app privacy report good medicine
The Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk, has released her first report on the privacy protections in the COVIDSafe app. She said her office had received 11 enquiries about COVIDSafe during the reporting period, seven raising general issues or concern (24 November 2020).  More...

AHRC: New tools for fairer AI
A ground-breaking new technical paper demonstrates how businesses can identify algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence (AI), and proposes steps they can take to address this problem. With companies increasingly using AI for decision making in everything from pricing to recruitment, Addressing the problem of algorithmic bias explores how these decision-making systems can result in unfairness (24 November 2020).  More...

OAIC issues first 6-month COVIDSafe privacy report
Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk has released the first 6-month report on the privacy protections in the COVIDSafe app (23 November 2020).  More...

Queensland

Revocation of stand down
A senior constable from Legal Division who was stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service will now return to operational duties.  The officer is likely to face disciplinary proceedings for inappropriately accessing information (03 December 2020).  More...

Clive Palmer could be forced to pay millions more after election spend
The Electoral Commission of Queensland has filed an application in the Supreme Court asking for a ruling on whether former federal MP Mr Palmer is a property developer, and therefore banned from donating to Queensland political parties or candidates (03 December 2020).  More...

Pair charged following CCC investigation into Gold Coast law firm
A prominent Gold Coast lawyer and his girlfriend have been hit with serious criminal charges following a major Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into the activities of his law firm (02 December 2020).  More...

2020 Budget caring for Queensland communities
Attorney- General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said this years budget delivers for vulnerable women and families as well as ensuring we continue to have a strong legal system (01 December 2020). More...

Intermediaries to assist vulnerable witnesses to give their best evidence
Applications are sought from Queensland’s allied health professionals to become intermediaries—to facilitate communication between a vulnerable witness and police and/or a vulnerable witness and courts.
Initially the Queensland Intermediary Scheme program will be piloted in two locations—Brisbane and Cairns—from July 2021 (30 November 2020).  More...

New death data check to help business fight identity fraud
A new national death data service to help businesses protect against identity fraud and reduce the burden on grieving families is being administered by Queensland’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (24 November 2020).  More...

In practice and courts

Adoption of Law Council of Australia’s Trilogy of Mediation Guidelines
The Bar Council has resolved to adopt the Law Council of Australia’s Trilogy of Mediation Guidelines - the Guidelines for Parties in Mediations, Guidelines for Lawyers in Mediations and Ethical Guidelines for Mediators.
The Guidelines for Parties in Mediations, Guidelines for Lawyers in Mediations and Ethical Guidelines for Mediators are a useful resource for ADR Barrister practitioners and their clients. The Guidelines can be accessed here (04 December 2020). 

AAT bulletin
The AAT Bulletin is a weekly publication containing a list of recent AAT decisions and information relating to appeals against AAT decisions, including immigration and citizenship
Issue No. 29/2020 (30 November 2020).   More...

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia - Lighthouse Project update
The Family Law Amendment (Risk Screening Protections) Bill 2020 legislation provides an important framework and enables the Courts to progress the very important new family-violence and risk screening initiative, the Lighthouse Project. For enquiries please email the Courts here.  More information about the project is here (updated 03 December 2020)

Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) Consultation: The Digital Identity Legislation Consultation Paper 
The paper outlines key issues surrounding the development of the legislation and poses specific questions about its design, scope and content. The closing date for submissions is 18 December and readers interested in making a submission can access the Digital Identity Consultation Page here.

Commonwealth Integrity Commission: consultation draft
The Australian Government has released an exposure draft of legislation to establish the new Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) and make other consequences legislative amendments.  A fact sheet about the key features of the CIC has also been released.  The consultation page includes links to the draft legislation and further information about other issues under consideration. Closing date 12 February 2021

Attorney General Reminder: Privacy Act Review Issues Paper
Public submissions on the Issues Paper would be accepted until 29 November 2020. The Attorney-General’s Privacy Act Review Issues Paper, including information on how to have a say, can be accessed here.

Consultation on proposed new conduct rule
The Law Council of Australia has released a consultation paper proposing that a new rule 11A be added to the Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules. The proposed rule clarifies how existing ethical principles relating to conflicts of interest may be applied when providing short-term legal assistance services.  More...

LCA Submissions
04 December 2020— Law Council
Agribusiness industry consultation and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth)

02 December 2020— Legal Practice
Requiring Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs) to Register as Charities

02 December 2020— Law Council
Information sharing between the family law and criminal justice and child protection systems

02 December 2020— Law Council
Death and Taxes Review – Consultation with the Legal Profession

27 November 2020— Law Council
Exposure Draft Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020

OAIC Consultation:  Requirements to collect personal information for contact tracing purposes
The OAIC and state and territory privacy regulators have produced the following draft guidelines to support a nationally consistent approach to requirements for businesses and venues to collect contact information. The closing date for comments is 4 December 2020.  More...

ACMA Consultation: draft Broadcasting Services (Australian Content and Children’s Television) Standards 2020
The consultation focuses on practical implementation and drafting issues relating to the program standards, and closes on 7 December. Feedback will then be considered, with the new standards planned to begin on 1 January 2021 (19 November 2020).  More...

ACMA: Proposed service standards for superfast fixed broadband services - consultation 33/2020
We are proposing new rules for carriage service providers (CSPs) to improve the experience of consumers using superfast fixed broadband services.  More...

ACMA position paper: Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia
A position paper to guide code development—includes a model code framework for consideration, including objectives and outcomes to be achieved for the benefit of Australian users of digital platforms. The ACMA anticipates to have in place a single, industry-wide code by December 2020. The position paper, Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia - A position paper to guide code development has been published on the ACMA website.

ACMA reminder, NBN consumer experience rules
ACMA has enhanced NBN consumer experience rules to protect Australians during the final phase of the NBN migration. The enhancements have been made to the following rules: Service Continuity Standard; Service Migration Determination; Consumer Information Standard; Complaints Handling Standard. The enhancements to the Service Continuity Standard and Service Migration Determination will start on 14 December 2020, while most enhancements to the Complaints Handling Standard and Consumer Information Standard will start on 1 April 2021.  More...

Current Consultations

Finance and Public Administration References Committee
New - The current capability of the Australian Public Service (APS)

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
New - Judges’ Pensions Amendment (Pension Not Payable for Misconduct) Bill 2020

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee
Nationhood, national identity and democracy
On 31 August 2020 the committee's reporting date was extended to 8 December 2020.

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee Consultations
Intelligence and Security Legislation Amendment (Implementing Independent Intelligence Review) Bill 2020
On 6 October 2020 the Senate extended the committee’s reporting date to 9 December 2020.

LSC: Regulation of litigation funding schemes
The Legal Services Council has amended the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015 with effect from 22 August 2020 so the prohibitions in s 258(1) and (3) of the Legal Profession Uniform Law do not apply in relation to litigation funding schemes now regulated as managed investment schemes. The new rule will operate for 12 months to allow for consultation click here

Australian Bushfires Disaster Emergency Declaration — Understanding your privacy obligations
The Attorney-General has made the Privacy (Australian Bushfires Disaster) Emergency Declaration (No. 1) 2020 (the emergency declaration) under Part VIA of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The emergency declaration was made in response to bushfires in Australia resulting in death, injury and property damage occurring from August 2019 into 2020.The emergency declaration expires on 20 January 2021. 

Queensland

P&E Practice Direction No 2 of 2020
Planning and Environment Court Practice Direction No 2 of 2020 issued by the Chief Judge, 2 December 2020

CCC Investigations
Two people charged following CCC investigation into Gold Coast law firm  02 December 2020
Six people charged with more than 300 offences following major crime investigation into a law firm  25 November 2020

OIC Qld Submissions
Submission to Office of the National Data Commissioner
December 1, 2020 - The OIC provided a submission to the Office of the National Data Commissioner’s consultation on the Exposure draft of the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020.

OIC Qld: Requirements to collect personal information for contact tracing purposes
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and territory health authorities have required some businesses to collect personal information from their patrons as a condition of re-opening. Currently state and territory orders have some common requirements, but other requirements differ (23 November 2020).  More...

OIC Queensland: Human Rights month 2020
Human Rights Month (to  10 December) is an annual campaign run by the Queensland Human Rights Commission to highlight the importance of protecting and promoting human rights (03 November 2020).  More...

Updating self-assessments for financial statement preparation maturity
QAO Advice: 04 November 2020
This year, we worked with state government entities and some larger local governments as they undertook an initial self-assessment of their financial statementt preparation processes using the maturity model on our website. The self-assessment has provided insights into areas of strength and improvement for each of our clients.  More...

QAO Reports

Regulating firearms
QAO: tabled 27 November 2020
This audit assessed whether the Queensland Police Service effectively regulates the acquisition, possession, use and disposal of registered firearms to ensure community safety.  More...

Queensland Law Reform Commission Consultation Paper – a legal framework for voluntary assisted dying
The Queensland Law Reform Commission is seeking feedback on the Consultation Paper “A legal framework for voluntary assisted dying”. The Consultation Paper explores a legal framework for voluntary assisted dying. The purpose of the Consultation Paper is not to consider the desirability or otherwise of introducing voluntary assisted dying legislation in Queensland. For more information please see the consultation page and the terms of reference

Department of the Premier and Cabinet Consultation

Annual report 2019-20 feedback survey
By taking a minute to complete this survey, you will help us improve our annual reports so readers can use them more effectively. Open until 30 June 2021.  More...

COVID-19 Update on Courts, Commissions, Tribunals
See current COVID-19 updates for the Courts, Commissions and Tribunals here.
Additionally, QLS also provides COVID-19 updates specifically relating to property law and criminal law.

Published - articles, papers, reports

Management of the Australian Public Service’s Workforce Response to COVID-19
ANAO: 01 December 2020
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the management of the Australian Public Service (APS) workforce in implementing the Australian Government’s COVID-19 priorities.  More...

2019–20 Major projects report
ANAO: 30 November 2020
Increased transparency and accountability on progress with major Defence equipment acquisitions has been a focus of parliamentary interest for some time. The objective of this report was to provide the Auditor-General’s independent assurance over the status of the selected major projects.  More...

Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (AJIA) newsletter
The AIJA produces a regular newsletter, the most recent of which is available to read here.

Law Council update
The Law Council produces a fortnightly newsletter which highlights the Law Council's important activities and advocacy, along with any relevant media and events stakeholders would be interested in.  More...

Cases

Montenegro v Secretary, Department of Education [2020] FCAFC 210
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – decision of Administrative Appeals Tribunal – decision not made “in accordance with” published Guidelines PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application to amend notice of appeal – a new argument on appeal – leave granted ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – adequacy of reasons Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth) ss 43, 44

Registered Organisations Commissioner v Australian Workers’ Union [2020] FCAFC 202
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW — Appeal from a decision of the primary judge to uphold an application for judicial review of a decision of a delegate of the Registered Organisations Commissioner to conduct an investigation as to whether civil penalty provisions had been contravened — consideration of the state of mind required in order to exercise the power to conduct an investigation pursuant to s 331(2) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth) — whether an exercise of the power in s 331(2) is conditioned on a state of mind of a suspicion that there has been a contravention of a civil penalty provision — whether the delegate held the requisite state of mind in order to exercise the power in s 331(2) — delegate’s state of mind was that there were reasonable grounds to conduct an investigation — delegate not required to suspect that there had been contraventions of civil penalty provisions
STATUTORY INTERPRETATION — whether possible contraventions which occurred prior to the amendment of the Act that established the Commissioner and changed the means of identifying civil penalty provisions could be the subject of an investigation under s 331(2) — where liability for a pecuniary penalty for a contravention of a civil penalty provision was not affected by the amendment of the Act — the power to investigate in respect of possible contraventions before the amendment of the Act was not affected by the amendment — the delegate did not exceed his jurisdiction by exercising the power to investigate in respect of possible contraventions which occurred before the amendment of the Act
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW — whether interaction between the Minister and the delegate before the delegate’s decision gave rise to jurisdictional error — where there was no challenge to the primary judge’s finding that referral letters from the Minister to the delegate were not a material and operative reason for the delegate’s decision — s 329FA of the Act does not prohibit communication between the Minister and the Commissioner — the interaction between the Minister and the delegate did not give rise to jurisdictional error — appeal allowed
Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (Cth) ss 2, 7; Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth) s 5
Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) s 38

Melbourne City Council v Telstra Corporation Limited [2020] FCAFC 200 
COMMUNICATIONS LAW – whether New Payphone Cabinets are “low-impact facilities” within the meaning of clause 6 of Sch 3 to the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) exempt from planning laws – where Telstra sought planning approval to display commercial advertising on New Payphone Cabinets – where New Payphone Cabinets to be installed only after planning approval to display commercial advertising obtained – whether primary judge erred in concluding that the New Payphone Cabinets are “low-impact facilities” – appeal allowed with costs

Virginia Plowman and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Freedom of information) [2020] AICmr 59
Freedom of Information — Whether reasonable steps taken to locate documents — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the management or assessment of personnel — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents — Whether material in document irrelevant to the request — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 22, 24A and 47E(c)

Wade v J Daniels and Associates Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1708
CONSUMER LAW — services supplied to a consumer facing foreclosure on a home loan mortgage — alleged breach of contract and failure to comply with consumer guarantees — alleged misleading and deceptive conduct — alleged unconscionable conduct – nature and scope of services supplied — where the consumer disclosed to the supplier that the purpose of seeking services was to retain her home – whether supplier agreed or represented that its services would provide consumer with a long term solution that would enable the consumer to retain her home — whether supplier agreed or represented that supplier would procure a refinance of the consumer’s home loan – whether supplier knew that consumer would be unable to maintain loan repayments and that the supplier’s services would not prevent the bank from taking possession of the consumer’s home — whether the removal of a credit impairment from the consumer’s credit file provided any benefit to the consumer in retaining her home
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE — application to re-open case after judgment reserved — applicable principles — application refused
STATUTORY INTERPRETATION — meaning of the phrase “financial services” in s 12BAB of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) — whether a service involving negotiations with a bank to defer recovery action and to agree temporary reductions in repayments is a financial service

Herron v HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd (No 3) [2020] FCA 1687
DEFAMATION — alleged defamations arising from chapter in second respondent’s book published by first respondent — where imputations relate to applicants’ conduct in respect of the administration of deep sleep therapy at Chelmsford Private Hospital — where imputations based on findings of Royal Commission — whether defences of justification, qualified privilege, contextual truth and fair report/fair summary apply — defences applied to conveyed imputations — applications dismissed
Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) ss 8, 25, 26, 28, 28(1)(b), 28(4), 29, 29(1), 29(4), 30, 30(1)(a), 30(1)(b), 30(1)(c), 30(3), 30(3)(a), 30(3)(b), 30(3)(c), 30(3)(d), 30(3)(e), 30(3)(f), 30(3)(g), 30(3)(h), 30(30)(i), 30(3)(j), 30(4)
Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) s 135 

Legislation

Commonwealth

Acts

Services Australia Governance Amendment Act 2020
26/11/2020 - Act No. 104 of 2020 as made

National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Strengthening Banning Orders) Act 2020
26/11/2020 - Act No. 103 of 2020 as made

Family Law Amendment (Risk Screening Protections) Act 2020
25/11/2020 - Act No. 98 of 2020 as made

Bills

Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020
HR Consideration of Senate message - House disagreed to Senate amendment 03 Dec 2020
Consequential on the Australia's Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020, the bill amends the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to provide that decisions made under the Australia's Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020 are not subject to judicial review; and Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 to authorise the disclosure of protected information.

Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020
Finally passed both Houses 03 Dec 2020
Introduced with the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, the bill establishes a legislative scheme for Commonwealth engagement with arrangements between State or Territory governments and foreign governments, and their associated entities.

Electoral Amendment (Territory Representation) Bill 2020
Senate 03 December 2020 - The Electoral  Amendment  (Territory  Representation)  Bill  2020  amends  the Commonwealth   Electoral   Act   1918 to provide more   equitable representation,  through  changes  to  the  method  for  determining the  number  of  House  of Representatives members for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory

Regulations

Commonwealth Procurement Rules
02/112020 - The updated Commonwealth Procurement Rules reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to sustainable procurement practices; emphasise the importance of paying suppliers on time, particularly small businesses; and includes a new Appendix A exemption that allows for the direct engagement of a Small and Medium Enterprise for procurements up to $200,000.
This update also includes a number of minor amendments comprising:  acknowledgment of the Australian Governments reporting obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2018

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Amendment (Law Enforcement Agencies) Regulations 2020
27/11/2020 –  This instrument amends the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Regulations 2017 to expand the jurisdiction of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity over four additional Commonwealth government agencies.

Queensland

Bills

COVID-19 Emergency Response and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020
Introduced by: Hon S Fentiman MP on 26/11/2020
Stage reached: 2nd reading adjourned on 1/12/2020
The objectives of the Bill include:
Extend the operation of all COVID-19 related legislation which is still required to respond to  the  impacts  of  the  COVID-19  emergency  until 30  April  2021  or  an earlier date to be prescribed by regulation(referred to as the ‘COVID-19 legislation expiry day’throughout).

Extend the temporary operation of the QSBC; amend  the Youth  Justice  Act  1992(YJ  Act)  to  allow  the  chief  executive  (youth justice) to delegate his or her powers to appropriately qualified temporary detention centre employees in the event of a future COVID-19 outbreak. 

Amend the Electoral Act 1992 to provide flexibility, if required, to facilitate the holding of a by-election in a way that helps minimise serious risks to the health and safety of persons caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Amend the process for filling a vacancy in the office of a mayor or councillor that arises  during  the  period  starting  on  a  quadrennial  election  and  ending  on  the  day before the first anniversary of the election.

Criminal Code (Consent and Mistake of Fact) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020
Introduced by: Hon S Fentiman MP on 26/11/2020
Stage reached: Referred to Committee on 26/11/2020

Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening) Amendment Bill 2020
Introduced by: Hon C Crawford MP on 26/11/2020
Stage reached: 2nd reading to be moved on 26/11/2020

Subordinate legislation reminder
No 144 Electoral Amendment Regulation 2020
5 Amendment of s 8 (Amount of policy development payment to which eligible registered political party is entitled—Act, s 240) (1)Section 5 commences on 1 January 2022

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