Report No. 18, 56th Parliament, Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018's report

The committee tabled its report on 14 February 2019.

View:      Report No. 18, 56th Parliament, Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
View:      Debate on the Bill on 3 April 2019 (pages 1074 - 1078 and pages 1091 to 1092). Click on the movie icon within the transcript to view the debate.
View:      Explanatory Speech
View:      Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
View:      Explanatory Notes


On 13 November 2018, Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, introduced the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.  The Bill was referred to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee (the committee) for detailed consideration. 

The Bill

According to the explanatory notes, the Bill:

  • repeals the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016, and makes consequential amendments to the Health Act 1937, to significantly streamline the regulatory framework for prescribing medicinal cannabis in Queensland;
  • amends the Public Health Act 2005 to:
    • establish the Notifiable Dust Lung Disease register and require prescribed medical practitioners to notify the chief executive of Queensland Health about cases of notifiable dust lung disease
    • enable the chief executive to require a person responsible for causing a pollution event to publish a pollution notice to inform the public of potential risks to public health, and
    • enable the standard that a person must comply with when manufacturing, selling, supplying or using paint to be prescribed by regulation rather than in the Act
  • amends the Radiation Safety Act 1999 to provide that certain persons are deemed to have a use or transport licence
  • amends the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1979 to:
    • clarify the provisions about research that involve removing tissue from adults and children
    • ensure pathology laboratories can access tissue-based products that are necessary for diagnostic and quality control purposes, and
    • remove the requirement that a post-mortem examination of a body conducted in a hospital only be held in the hospital mortuary
  • amends the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003, the Coroners Act 2003 and the Cremations Act 2003 to enable human body parts used at a school of anatomy for the study and practice of anatomy to be lawfully cremated without a corresponding death certificate or the approval of an independent doctor, and
  • amends the Retirement Villages Act 1999 to clarify a recent amendment in relation to timely payment of exit entitlements at retirement villages and make associated amendments to the Duties Act 2001.


Public departmental briefing5 December 2018 – Transcript
Public hearing and departmental briefing24 January 2019 
Hearing – Transcript
Briefing – Transcript
Submissions closed:7 January 2018. Submissions are now available under the "View Submissions" tab.
Reporting date:14 February 2019 


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