Report No. 34, 55th Parliament – Mental Health Amendment Bill 2016

Committee's Report

The Committee tabled its Report No. 34, 55th Parliament - Mental Health Amendment Bill 2016 on 21 February 2017. 

View:      Committee's Report          

In accordance with Standing Order 131 of the Standing Rules and Orders of the Legislative Assembly, the Bill was referred to the Health, Communities, Disability Services, and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee (the committee) for detailed consideration. The committee was required to report by Tuesday, 21 February 2017.

About the Bill

On 30 November 2016 the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, the Hon Cameron Dick MP, introduced the Mental Health Amendment Bill 2016.

View:   Minister’s speech introducing the Bill into the Queensland Parliament

View:   Mental Health Amendment Bill 2016

View:   Explanatory notes to the Mental Health Amendment Bill 2016

The objectives of the Bill, as set out in the explanatory notes, are to:

provide a framework for people undergoing mental health assessments and examinations to do so without risk of self-incrimination - oral or written statements made during an assessment or examination will not be admissible in evidence against the person in a criminal or civil proceeding, and

make clarifying amendments to improve the intended operation of the Mental Health Act upon its commencement on 5 March 2017, including clarifying the start or duration of certain periods, removing redundant references, and providing for the delegation of certain powers.


Submissions closed:Monday, 16 January 2017 at 4:00pm
Public Hearing:Tuesday, 24 January 2017 - Program - Transcript
Report Tabled:Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - Report


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