Report No. 25, 57th Parliament - Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Committee’s report

The committee tabled its Report No. 25, Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 on 3 February 2023. The Government's Response to this report was tabled on 3 May 2023.  The Bill was passed with amendment by the Queensland Parliament on 24 August 2023.

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About the Bill 

On 26 October 2022, the Hon Mark Ryan MP, Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services introduced the Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 into the Queensland Parliament.  The Bill was referred to the Community Support and Services Committee for detailed consideration.   

The main objectives of the Bill are to:

  • ensure the provisions of the Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2004 (the Act), which underpin the child protection registry scheme reflect changing offending patterns and behaviours; and
  • enhance the ability for the Act and the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (PPRA) to provide for the protection of the lives of children and their sexual safety.

The Bill:

  • addresses advances in technology by imposing greater restrictions around digital applications that hide information held on a device
  • targets online and digital offending by expanding the range of offences that trigger device inspections under the PPRA and provide police with a power to enter a reportable offender’s residence to undertake a device inspection
  • require reportable offenders who are convicted for failing to comply with reporting obligations under the Act to make a report of the information that was the subject of that conviction
  • allows the Police Commissioner to give information about a reportable offender to the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and the Australian Department of Home Affairs for a law enforcement purposes.

View: Explanatory speech 
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View: Explanatory Notes 
View: Statement of compatibility

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information including written briefings, correspondence, the response to submissions, transcripts from proceedings and answers to questions taken on notice are under the Related Publications tab.

Timeline

Submissions closed:Thursday, 24 November 2022
Public briefing:Monday, 14 November 2022 - Program - Broadcast  - Transcript
Public hearing:Monday, 5 December 2022 - Program - Broadcast part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - Transcript 
Report tabled on:3 February 2023 - Report
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