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Website news: current as at 15 March 2017

How-to videos now available on Beta website

A set of 25 short videos is now available on the Beta website to help you find your way around the layout of the new website and make the most of its features or help you with technical tips.

You’ll find a link at the top of the Information page to a menu for all the videos—just click on a link to view. You’ll also find video links at relevant spots in other documents on the Information and FAQ pages. Click on the video icon Video icon and then click Open to view. The videos all have voice-overs so make sure you have the sound switched on. You can pause, rewind or fast-forward the videos using the tool at the bottom of the screen.

 

New Beta Website

The beta version of Queensland’s new legislation website has gone live! You will find a link to the beta website on the home page of this website, which remains the official Queensland Government website for publication of legislation until it is decommissioned and replaced in mid-2017.

The beta website remains under development, so features and layout may be subject to change but have a look at the legislation, legislative information and new features that are available. On the home page you will find links to publications and FAQs to help you find your way around the new layout and look.

Your feedback on the beta site is welcome and our information line and email enquiries staff are available to assist with any queries you may have.

 

Reprint PDF headers

As part of preparing reprint files for display on the new Queensland Legislation website, OQPC is modifying the headers used in some reprint PDF files produced and uploaded to the existing website from late February 2016.

Only reprints divided into chapters are affected by the change which is related to technical modifications allowing the inclusion of inline provision annotations in the new website display for reprints. (Inline annotations, when turned on in the website display for a reprint, will appear under the relevant provision rather than in endnotes, giving users ‘on-the-spot’ flexibility to view the history of provisions they’re reading.)

All reprints will continue to display the short title and section number guide on every body page. However, reprints divided into chapters will now display the relevant chapter number and heading but no part headings—a change from the current header style for those titles.

OQPC appreciates this change may impact on the way some users navigate within reprints but would encourage those users to instead make full use of the improved bookmarks (now including divisions and subdivision headings) for navigation when reading online.

 

Reprint PDF bookmarks

OQPC’s new website PDF bookmark styles will be appearing in reprints produced from 11 December, several months earlier than anticipated.

The new bookmark styles are similar to those that appeared in reprints produced before March 2015. Both provision numbers and headings will again be displayed but the bookmarks have now been enhanced to also include division and subdivision numbers and headings. OQPC believes this enhancement will be particularly helpful when users are navigating through very large reprints.

Unfortunately, at this stage, reprints produced between March and November 2015 will not be updated to incorporate the new bookmark styles. However, when the new website is launched in 2016, those reprints will have their bookmarks updated.

The new bookmark styles combined with the hyperlinks that will be a feature of legislation published on the new website will ensure website users have much greater flexibility when searching and navigating through documents and following up cross-references.


Changes in reprints

From March 2015, reprints of current legislation may have a slightly different look or format.   This is because OQPC is currently implementing a new legislative drafting and publishing system, including a new legislation website. All current reprints in the statute book have been converted to XML (eXtensible Markup Language) as part of this change. This will enable enhanced website display, searching and hyperlinking capability. During this conversion process each title has undergone rigorous manual and computer-generated quality assurance checks to ensure the content of the legislation is completely accurate.

Minor formatting changes may be evident in reprints that have recently commenced. The most notable change is to the appearance of tables. This formatting may continue to change throughout the transition to the new website as table layouts are improved. The content of the tables has not changed in any way.

The appearance of endnotes has also changed. On the new website, endnotes will no longer be included at the end of the reprint. The information will be displayed on the ‘legislative history’ page for each title. In the meantime, endnotes will continue to be updated for each new reprint.

More information on the new website will be available closer to the rollout date.

 

Forms

From 1 March 2014 the Forms document will no longer be published on the Current Queensland Legislation Annotations page of this website. From that date, please visit the website of the relevant Queensland government department for information about that department's forms.

 

The Queensland Legislation Handbook

A new, updated version of The Queensland Legislation Handbook, part of the Governing Queensland suite of handbooks, was finalised in January 2014 and published on the website of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet where it is available in HTML format or for download in PDF format.

This version of the handbook includes new or significantly updated information to reflect recent policy and process changes. It also includes a link to a drafting instructions template that has been developed to assist policy officers prepare high quality drafting instructions that effectively and efficiently facilitate the drafting of high quality legislation. A second template is available for Members of Parliament wishing to work with OQPC on private members’ Bills.

The new version of the handbook can be found at Governing Queensland: Government Handbooks via the DPC website Publications page. The handbook is also available via the link on the Information/Publications page on the Legislation website.

 

Notification of subordinate legislation on this website

From 23 September 2013, because of an amendment to the Statutory Instruments Act 1992, subordinate legislation (SL) is notified by publication on this website rather than in the Queensland Government gazette.

Notification details will now be posted on the website by 10:00am on Friday, except for extraordinary notifications which are posted on the day requested by the responsible agency. The link (called ‘SL Notification’) to the official SL notification page can be found in the Legislation updates boxed links on the right-hand side of the home page or by clicking this SL Notification link. Each entry in the official notification list links directly to the SL document.

 

Officially authorised Queensland legislation

Under new section 10A of the Legislative Standards Act 1992 and some related amendments, the Parliamentary Counsel can now officially authorise electronic legislation, including Bills and reprints. The amendments were included in the Treasury and Trade and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and came into effect on 23 September 2013.

This step has great significance in terms of the improved accessibility of Queensland legislation and very practical significance for courts Australia-wide.

To check whether legislation is authorised by the Parliamentary Counsel, go to the end of the document. If the legislation is authorised, the authority statement ‘Authorised by the Parliamentary Counsel’ appears under the copyright statement.

 

Finding Queensland legislation and information

An updated version of OQPC’s handy reference booklet Finding Queensland legislation and information was published on the website on 23 September 2013 and is available for download. Find it on the Information/Publications page or by clicking here.

 

Principles of good legislation: OQPC guide to FLPs

The Principles of good legislation: OQPC guide to FLPs is a resource being prepared by OQPC and progressively published as separate chapters. The guide includes information about fundamental legislative principles and the application of those principles in Queensland legislation. The guide is primarily intended to help departmental policy officers and others involved in developing legislation. The link can also be found on the Information/Publications page.

 

Online reading support

This website now features BrowseAloud which will help any user requiring online reading support. This may include those with dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language. A new icon appears at the bottom left of the home page and links to a reference page advising how to use BrowseAloud.

 

Changes to reprints

Reprints are now dated as at the date of change rather than being numbered. The cover page, ‘Information about this reprint page’ (which follows the cover page) and the endnotes have been revised.

Links to current reprints can now be found under Current Legislation.

 

Bills

From the first Parliamentary sitting in 2013, OQPC publishes the 3rd reading stage of a Bill. Incorporated amendments will be marked with a change bar. This will give users timely access to an updated version of a Bill as passed.

 

Automatic email updates

Information about new and changed legislation on the OQPC website is freely available every week for subscribers to the OQPC email notification service. Subscribe at https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/Core_pages/contact.htm.

 

Printed legislation and other website documents

For enquiries about printed copies of documents on this website and subscription services, contact LitSupport at www.Litsupport.com.au or email legislation@litsupport.com.au.

 

e-Legislation project

The Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel (OQPC), which has responsibility for the content and services provided on this website, is undertaking a major project designed to improve website accessibility, functionality and services. Website users will be updated on these enhancements as project activities progress.

 

 

Feedback

OQPC welcomes feedback from its website users at feedback@oqpc.qld.gov.au.

 

 

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This page last updated: 15 March, 2017