Past Inquiries

Inquiry Report By Submissions Closed

Committee Secretariat Contact

Parliament House
George Street


Committee Membership

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg MP, Chair, Member for Kallangur
Mrs Jo-Ann Miller MP, Deputy Chair, Member for Bundamba
Ms Ros Bates MP, Member for Mudgeeraba
Dr Alex Douglas MP, Member for Gaven
Mr John Hathaway MP, Member for Townsville
Mr Jon Krause MP, Member for Beaudesert
Mr Dale Shuttleworth MP, Member for Ferny Grove

Functions of the Committee

The information on this page relates to the committee of the 54th Parliament, which ended with the dissolution of the Parliament on 6 January 2015.

The Health and Community Services Committee was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 18 May 2012 as a portfolio committee with responsibility for the following areas: 

Portfolio areaMinisterGovernment department
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural AffairsMinister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the PremierDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs
Communities, Child Safety and Disability ServicesMinister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability ServicesDepartment of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
HealthMinister for HealthQueensland Health
National Parks, Recreation, Sport and RacingMinister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and RacingDepartment of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing

In relation to its areas of responsibility, the Committee:

  • examines Bills to consider the policy to be enacted;
  • examines the estimates of each department;
  • examines Bills for the application of the fundamental legislative principles set out in section4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1994;
  • considers the lawfulness of subordinate legislation;
  • assesses the public accounts of each department in regard to the integrity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial management by:
    • examining government financial documents, and
    • considering the annual and other reports of the auditor-general.
  • considers Departments’ public works in light of matters including, but not limited to the:
    • suitability of the works for the purpose,
    • necessity for the works,
    • value for money of the works,
    • revenue produced by, and recurrent costs of, the works, or estimates of revenue and costs,
    • present and prospective public value of the works,
    • procurement methods used for the works, and
    • actual suitability of the works in meeting the needs in and achieving the stated purpose of the works.

The committee also had responsibility for monitoring and reviewing the performance of the Health Ombudsman, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and National Boards (in relation to practitioners who provide services in Queensland) and the Family Responsibilities Commission.

The committee must deal with any issue referred to it by the Legislative Assembly or under an Act, whether or not the issue is within the committee's areas of responsibility.