Report No. 17, 56th Parliament - Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

The Bill

The objectives of the Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 are to:

  • amend the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (PPRA) to:
    • introduce a new concept to missing person investigations - searching places for high-risk missing persons (HRMPs) – to assist a police officer investigating the whereabouts of a HRMP
    • introduce the term ‘crime scene threshold offence’ to simplify when a crime scene may be established
    • enable police to apply to a Supreme Court judge or magistrate for an access approval order for a storage device that has been seized under a crime scene warrant
    • allow police to inspect electronic storage devices in the possession of a person who has been convicted of an offence of administering a child exploitation material website and/or encouraging the use of a child exploitation material website
    • allow a police officer to search a person who has been taken into custody to prevent a breach of the peace when they are required to be transported by police
    • introduce a new offence to deal with a person who assaults or obstructs a civilian watch-house officer
    • separate the offence of assault or obstruct a police officer into two offences
    • include in schedule 2, offences relating to unlawful bookmaking and to opening, keeping, using or promoting an illegal betting place
    • include in schedule 5, an offence relating to the use of a service or a facility at an illegal betting place  
    • give effect to the seven legislative recommendations of the 2011 Crime and Misconduct Commission review into the evade police provisions
    • introduce a new offence to ensure vehicles subject to a number plate confiscation notice (NCN) remain at the address without modification, sale or disposal until the NCN period ends
    • allow police to take a person issued with a police banning notice from the scene for the purpose of taking their photograph
    • widen the methods by which service of a notice to appear may be effected  
  • amend the Police Powers and Responsibilities Regulation 2012 in relation to HRMPs, crime scene and information access orders for electronic storage devices to reflect the proposed changes to the PPRA
  • amend the Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2004 to include ten child sex offences under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) as reportable offences in Queensland
  • make minor amendments to the Corrective Services Act 2006 relating to the Parole Board Queensland
  • amend the Police Service Administration Act 1990, the Transport Planning and Coordination Act 1994, the Maritime Safety Queensland Act 2002, the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 and the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 to remove the obligation for proof of a delegation to accompany an evidentiary certificate.

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Committee's report

The committee tabled its report on 9 August 2018. The Bill was passed with amendment on 18 September 2019

View  Report


Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018


Explanatory notes


Introductory speech

View  Debate of the Bill in Parliament 18 September 2018 - transcript (starts at page 2482)
  The debate on the Bill can viewed by clicking on the movie icon  within the above transcript.


Submissions closed:          Monday 9 July 2018 at 12 midday

Public briefing:                 Thursday 19 July 2018, 10:30am-12:30pm - transcript

Public hearing:                 Thursday 19 July 2018, 12:40pm - 2:00pm - transcript

Report tabled:                  Thursday 9 August 2018 - report 

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