OQPC drafts Bills for introduction into the Legislative
Assembly, amendments to Bills that are being considered by the
Assembly, and subordinate legislation such as regulations and
OQPC drafts all new laws and changes to laws proposed by the
Government. As well, we work with individual members of Parliament
to draft Bills, and amendments to Bills, for the member to take to
We are also responsible for publishing Queensland’s laws. The
office maintains the Queensland Legislation website on which the
authorised, up-to-date version of Queensland legislation is
Other services we provide to government agencies include
training on how to work with us to draft legislation and how to
use the Queensland Legislation website.
Find out more about OQPC's services.
OQPC’s drafters work with government policy officers to develop
legislation for the Queensland Government. Our drafters also work
with individual members of Parliament and their staff to prepare
legislation for the members to introduce into Parliament.
An instructing officer’s role is to develop the policy
objectives of a legislative proposal and to prepare drafting
instructions that describe the proposal. The drafter then works
with the instructor to translate the drafting instructions into
legally effective legislation that implements the policy.
Find out more about instructing OQPC
to draft legislation.
Laws are the formal rules that govern our behaviour as members
Queensland legislation, or statute law, is the law that is made
by, or under the authority of, our principal law-making body, the
Parliament of Queensland. Laws proposed for consideration by the
Parliament are called Bills. If agreed to, a Bill becomes an Act
that forms part of Queensland’s law.
Parliament also delegates aspects of its law-making function to
other entities, in particular, the Governor in Council. Subordinate
legislation is made under this delegated power. The most common
form of subordinate legislation is regulations.
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OQPC was established as a statutory office by the
Legislative Standards Act 1992 on 1 June 1992.
OQPC consists of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel and the
staff of OQPC. The Parliamentary Counsel is the chief executive of
OQPC and, subject to the Minister (the Premier and Minister for
Trade), controls the office.
Our staff is employed under the Public Service Act 2008
and is comprised of legislative drafters (who are all lawyers),
editing and publishing officers, and business services staff who
provide IT, finance and administration services.
Find out more about us.