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Information for drafting clients
To instruct OQPC to draft a Bill, amendments of a Bill or subordinate legislation, drafting instructions are sent to OQPC.
However, appropriate authority to draft must be given for the legislation before OQPC is instructed. For a Government Bill, authority to draft must be given by Cabinet, or by the Premier in advance of authority being given by Cabinet. Authority to draft for subordinate legislation may be given by Cabinet, or the relevant Minister or chief executive. This depends on the subject matter of the subordinate legislation and the governance arrangements particular to each department. See the Cabinet Handbook and Legislation Handbook for further information.
For a Bill, or amendments to a Bill, to be drafted for an individual member of Parliament, the member of Parliament must personally instruct OQPC to draft the legislation or authorise a member of staff to do so.
Drafting instructions to initiate drafting are sent to the
following email address. Shortly after receiving drafting
instructions, an email will be sent with a message of introduction
to the drafter allocated for the legislation and the drafter's
Email new drafting instructions to—
Sufficient time is critical for the policy development and drafting of legislation. The following periods are generally considered to be realistic timeframes for drafting:
- For a small Bill or item of subordinate legislation (20 pages or less): 3 months
- For a medium Bill or item of subordinate legislation (21-90 pages): 6 months
- For a large Bill or item of subordinate legislation (over 90 pages): 12 months.
Often a draft is required for consultation purposes. Consultation drafts must undergo OQPC’s quality assurance processes before being released. This is particularly important for drafts circulated outside the Queensland Government. Sufficient time must be factored into the drafting process to enable the draft to be settled with the instructing officer, and then to undergo quality assurance.
OQPC is happy to advise clients about timeframes required for
drafting legislation generally, and in relation to preparation of
The delivery of legislation to meet the Government's legislative program, and drafting requested for individual members of Parliament, is managed by Deputy Parliamentary Counsel Sandra Lawson and Katy Le Roy. Sandra and Katy are available to assist government policy officers, and members of Parliament and their staff, by discussing proposals for legislation and related matters.
Deputy Parliamentary Counsel
07 3003 9661
Katy Le Roy
Deputy Parliamentary Counsel
07 3003 9660
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