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    3.0 The drafting process

    This chapter considers the drafting process from the perspective of OQPC’s involvement.

    OQPC may be involved in the drafting process before an Authority to Prepare a Bill submission is approved by Cabinet, or another appropriate authority is obtained. However, the formal drafting process starts when there is Cabinet Authority to Prepare a Bill approval, or other appropriate authority, and drafting instructions are sent to OQPC. After the drafting is completed, a Cabinet Authority to Introduce a Bill submission should be lodged.

    This chapter considers the drafting process at the following stages:

    • before the Cabinet Authority to Prepare a Bill submission
    • after the Cabinet Authority to Prepare a Bill approval is obtained
    • preparation of drafts, including the roles of the instructing officer and the drafter and the importance of effective drafting instructions
    • obtaining the Cabinet Authority to Introduce a Bill approval.

    In carrying out its statutory role, OQPC’s duty in relation to government legislation is to the government as a whole and not simply to individual Ministers, departments or members – see The Queensland Cabinet Handbook. OQPC is attached to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and  reports to the Premier.

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    Last updated:
    18 May, 2016
    Last reviewed:
    13 November, 2013