Human Rights Bill 2018

Published on 05/11/2018

The Human Rights Bill 2018 was introduced into the Queensland Parliament on 31 October 2018.

It will not be law until it is passed by Parliament and given a commencement date.

What happens now?

The Parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee will conduct an inquiry into the Bill and report to the Parliament by 4 February 2019.

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General will give the Committee a public briefing about the Bill on 12 November 2018. The Committee members will ask the Department officers questions about the Bill.

Members of the public will also be able to make submissions to the Committee to express their views about the Bill. Submissions must be made by 12pm on 26 November 2018.

The Committee usually invites a selection of people or groups to participate in a public hearing. Those people provide a short statement about the Bill and the Committee members ask them questions. The hearing is scheduled for 4 December 2018.

The Committee will consider all the information and submissions it receives and report to Parliament. The report has to recommend whether the Bill should be passed, and the Committee might make other recommendations such as changes to certain aspects.

Parliament then considers the report, and will debate the Bill. The Bill will be passed if a majority of the Members of Parliament vote in favour of it.

If the Bill is passed, it goes to the Governor to sign. This is called the royal assent.

The Bill then becomes an Act, but it won’t be law until a date is fixed for it to start.

The Human Rights Act will start in two stages. The first stage in mid-2019 will start the functions of the Commission to provide information about human rights. The second stage will start the rest of the Act, including the complaint process, on 1 January 2020.

Find out more

The Commission is running free community information sessions to provide more details about the Human Rights Bill 2018, and how to make a submission during the consultation period. Register for an information session here.

QCOSS is also hosting two events about the Human Rights Act. For more information, see QCOSS events.

A Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign page contains resources to help individuals understand what the legislation will mean for Queensland. There is also a template for making a submission on the bill.

Access the campaign resources