Past Inquiries

Inquiry Report By Submissions Closed

Committee Secretariat Contact

Parliament House
George Street


Committee Membership

Ms Lindy Nelson-Carr MP, Chair, Member for Mundingburra
Mr Mark McArdle MP, Deputy Chair, Member for Caloundra
Mrs Liz Cunningham MP, Member for Gladstone
Ms Tracy Davis MP, Member for Aspley
Ms Mandy Johnstone MP, Member for Townsville
Mrs Christine Smith MP, Member for Burleigh

Functions of the Committee

The information on this page relates to the committee of the 53rd Parliament, which ended with the dissolution of the Parliament on 19 February 2012. 

The Health and Disabilities Committee was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 16 June 2011.

The committee is a portfolio committee of the Legislative Assembly. It has responsibility for the following portfolio areas:

Portfolio area


Government department


Minister for Health

Queensland Health


Mental health

Minister for Health, and
Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Queensland Health and part of the Department of Communities



Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Department of Communities (part of)


Within 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 s.4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1992;
  • 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 a monitoring and review function in relation to the performance of the functions of the Health Quality and Complaints 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.