ALERT: COVID-19 modifications of laws
From the commencement of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (the ER Act) on 23 April 2020 until the COVID-19 legislation expiry day (30 April 2022), the ER Act and extraordinary regulations and statutory instruments made under that Act modified a significant number of Queensland laws. Affected legislation operated as modified, but the modifications did not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, point-in-time versions of legislation in force between 23 April 2020 and 30 April 2022 may be affected by the ER Act or by extraordinary regulations or statutory instruments that were in force at the same time. Extraordinary regulations made under the ER Act expired on 30 April 2022.
Particular Acts contain modifications that will expire on the COVID-19 public health legislation expiry day. See for example the Corrective Services Act 2006, part 15A, the Disaster Management Act 2003, part 12A, and the Public Health Act 2005, part 7B.
The Transport Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 modifies transport regulations and will expire 6 months after the day the COVID-19 emergency ends.
A public health emergency currently exists in Queensland in relation to the novel coronavirus disease. Public health directions issued by the Chief Health Officer under the Public Health Act 2005 are published on the public health directions page on Queensland Health’s website <here>.
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