Report No. 42, 57th Parliament - Marine Rescue Queensland Bill 2023

COMMITTEE’S REPORT

The committee tabled its Report No. 42, 57th Parliament - Marine Rescue Queensland Bill 2023 on Friday, 15 March 2024. The Government Response was tabled on 1 May 2024. The Bill was passed without amendment by the Queensland Parliament on 2 May 2024.

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The purpose of the Bill is:

Legislative reform of Queensland’s emergency services and disaster management arrangements will be progressed in two stages. The first stage consists of three Bills that will make the legislative amendments necessary to restructure emergency service arrangements as recommended in the Independent Review Report and meet certain recommendations made in the IGEM Review. This will be achieved by: 

  • establishing Marine Rescue Queensland (MRQ) as a state-wide marine rescue service through the Marine Rescue Queensland Bill 2023;
  • establishing the SES through the State Emergency Service Bill 2023;
  • aligning MRQ and SES under the control of the QPS through the Emergency Services Reform Amendment Bill 2023 which will make the necessary administrative and consequential amendments for this to occur; and
  • formally establishing the State Disaster Management Group within the Disaster Management Act 2003 through the Emergency Services Reform Amendment Bill 2023.

The importance of SES and marine rescue volunteers to the success and effectiveness of the SES and MRQ is acknowledged through the State Emergency Service Bill 2023 and the Marine Rescue Queensland Bill 2023. These Bills will establish the SES and MRQ in ‘standalone Acts’ which will emphasise the value of each organisation, promote volunteer engagement and provide a framework that outlines the purpose, functions and command structures of each organisation and the roles of their members. 

The Bill will achieve its objectives by establishing MRQ through the new Marine Rescue Queensland Act 2023 (MRQ Act). The new MRQ Act will establish MRQ which will be a dedicated marine rescue service for Queensland, in addition to providing other maritime services to government entities and the community.

View: Explanatory speech 
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View: Explanatory Notes 
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Further information

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TIMELINE

 Submissions Closed: Wednesday 31 January 2024
Public briefing:Monday 12 February 2024 - Program - Broadcast - Proof Transcript
Public hearing:Monday 4 March 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm - Program - Broadcast - Transcript
 Report tabled:  Friday 15 March 2024 - report
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