Category: Submissions

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Fitness to Plead or Stand Trial Submission by QAI

QAI’s Recommendations to the Tasmania Law Reform Institute QAI supports and recommends to this inquiry the 2014 position of the Australian Law Reform Commission (‘ALRC’): that the test for fitness should be reformed consistently with the National Decision-Making Principles. People with intellectual impairments are capable of making decisions about their own lives.   Intellectual impairment on […]

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Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Qld) Submission by QAI

Introduction The Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Qld) (DSLA Bill), a Government Bill to amend, chiefly, the Disability Services Act 2006 (Qld) (DSA), arises from a state-wide legislative review in anticipation of full NDIS roll-out, and commencement of operation of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission in Queensland, by 1 July 2019. […]

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The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health Submission by QAI

Introduction The focus of this inquiry is on the link between mental health and economic participation, productivity and growth. The Productivity Commission Issues Paper (Issues Paper) notes that mental health is a key driver of economic participation and productivity in Australia, with the potential to impact incomes and living standards as well as social engagement […]

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QAI Submission: Recording Mental Health Review Tribunal hearings

The Mental Health Review Tribunal is conducting a project regarding the Electronic Recording of Tribunal hearings. They asked for feedback from patients, support persons, legal representatives, advocates, clinicians, family members and carers, or anyone else about how they feel about audio recording Tribunal hearings. Up until now, the only official record taken of the hearing […]

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Review of Queensland’s laws relating to Civil Surveillance and the Protection of Privacy in the context of Current and Emerging Technologies Submission by QAI

Foreword As signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Queensland must align all laws, policies and practices to accord with the Convention.  In relation to this inquiry, Article 22 is the indicator which must be upheld in the reforms to such law reform, which provides as follows: Article […]

Response by QAI to Draft Guidelines for Australian Tribunals

QAI’s response to the Draft Guidelines QAI congratulates NCAT and AGAC on the development of a comprehensive, informative, contemporary set of guidelines that we consider will be of significant value to Australian tribunals hearing and determining guardianship and administration matters.  We are particularly pleased to see that the Guidelines reflect the human rights obligations Australia […]

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Reshaping the Disability Services Act Submission by QAI

Key Recommendations for the New Disability Services Act (‘The Act’) The Act should include a preface that places strong emphasis on the shared responsibility across agencies and the community to uphold the rights of people with a disability. The Act should require government departments and statutory bodies to align with the Convention on the Rights […]