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Human Rights statements and certificates (including new access to SL explanatory notes)

From 1 January 2020, all new legislation must have a Human Rights statement of compatibility (for Bills) or certificate (for SL) tabled with the Bill or SL and their explanatory notes. The statements of compatibility and certificates will be supplied by the departments and published on our legislation website. They will be available in the creation history section of the legislative history of the Bill or SL, below the explanatory notes (and errata, if any).

Access to the documents can be achieved via the Bills results page which now has an extra column headed ‘HR’ beside the EN column to allow quick access to human rights certificates. Clicking the icon will take you to the creation history in the legislative history of the Bill.  

Similarly, the SL as made results page now displays new ‘EN’ and ‘HR’ columns to allow quicker access to these documents.


For more information about human rights in Queensland, see the Human Rights Act 2019

For more detailed information about who creates human rights statements and certificates, see the Queensland Legislation Handbook.


List of frequently accessed legislation

In the What’s New section on the Home page of the legislation website, you will notice a new section titled Most frequently accessed legislation. The list is the 10 most frequently accessed legislative titles, limited to In force legislation (Acts and SL) and Bills.


Uncommenced Acts report in Legislative Tables

The Legislative tables report for Uncommenced Acts will now include uncommenced provisions in amendment Acts as well as partially uncommenced principal Acts.


Search functionality for legislative histories

Searching on the legislation website has been enhanced to include searching within legislative histories, both in force and repealed. This will allow searches just on list of legislation entries.


Search functionality for informational text

The Information and Help pages are now a searchable collection on the website. All the basic, advanced and menu assisted options are the same, though the fields for point in time and limiting a search by year are not available as these are not relevant search parameters for this collection. The search only looks for text in documents on the Information page and in FAQs.


Enhancements to RSS feeds for indicative reprints

RSS notifications have been improved to include notifications for any published indicative reprints. Users who are subscribed to a particular Bill or to a particular in-force title will receive notification if an indicative reprint is published for the Bill or that reprint title. The indicative reprint RSS notification is clearly denoted that it is for an indicative reprint. 


Name of Minister introducing Bill

When a Bill is published to the legislation website after its first reading in the House, the status information page will now include the name of the Minister or member who introduces the Bill.


Summarised provision level history

History notes are now available in a consolidated list on the website (similar to the old list of annotations in the reprint endnotes). The history notes button must be turned on for them to show. The summarised history notes will appear progressively for titles as new reprints are published. 



Previous website tips

Navigation functionality

Collapsible Table of Contents

The Table of Contents for all titles can now be expanded and collapsed. There are also collapse and expand buttons and breadcrumbs to assist navigation.


Infinite scroll enhancement

When viewing a specific part/division/subdivision or single section you can now click on the arrows that appear above and below that particular fragment to enable the infinite scroll functionality.

New website navigation tools


Collapsible Legislative History

Legislative histories can now be expanded and collapsed under their main headings.

Collapse or expand legislative history headings


Navigating to explanatory notes

In response to feedback from website users, access to the explanatory notes for Bills on the website has been made easier. You can now find a link to a Bill’s explanatory notes on the Bills page—just like we used to have on the old website. The link takes you to the creation history of the Bill where explanatory notes, any erratum, the Bill, 3rd reading version and Act can be easily located, if available.

New explanatory notes column


Removal of endnotes from PDF versions of reprints

Endnotes are no longer included in the PDF versions of reprints published from 8 February 2018. (Endnotes remain in the PDF versions of reprints published before that date.)

For more on finding the information that used to be in the endnotes, see our FAQ.

In response to user feedback, we are developing new functionality for the Legislative history for every reprint that will enable website users to choose to display history notes for all provisions. This will give users the option of viewing and printing from the screen an endnotes-equivalent document for every reprint.

Last updated 1 July 2022 at 18:26