Video conference - Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill & State Penalties Enforcement amendment Bill - Regional Public Hearing

@JCU Video conference - Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill & State Penalties Enforcement amendment Bill - Regional Public Hearing

Video conference - Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill & State Penalties Enforcement amendment Bill - Regional Public Hearing

Representatives of JCU are invited to attend public hearings either as an observer, or as a witness to discuss any views you have on how the Bills and the impacts they may have, or any recommendations you have regarding what the bills do or should do. The committee’s Townsville videoconference hearing date and location are also set out below for your information.

Date

Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill

State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill

Location

Venue

Register your interest to appear as a witness –

include your name, contact details and location

Friday

31 March 2017

9:00am – 9:45am

9:45am – 10:30am

Townsville

James Cook University - Townsville

Douglas Campus

1 James Cook Drive

Douglas, Townsville

State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill – I want to appear as a witness

Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill – I want to appear as a witness

Alternatively, please advise by return email, or call us on 3553 6637, to discuss or confirm your attendance. We would also appreciate if you could forward this information on to any other interested local people or organisations.

Bill proposals

The Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill proposes to standardise trading hours for non-exempt stores (e.g. large stores including chains e.g. supermarkets and department stores) outside the south-east Queensland area to:

  • Monday to Friday – 7am to 9pm
  • Saturday – 7am to 6pm
  • Sunday and public holidays – 9am to 6pm

In those areas where there is currently no Sunday or public holiday trading, the Bill would not apply the standard trading hours and instead those areas will need to opt-in to the proposed new standard hours through applications to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. The bill would also provide protections for workers to ensure that they freely elect and agree in writing to work any additional Sunday or Public holiday hours.

You can access the Bill, Explanatory Notes, the Ministers speech by clicking on the links. Further information on the Committee’s work on this bill is available on its website here: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/FAC/inquiries/current-inquiries/Tradinghoursbill2017

The State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill which will change the way in which the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) works to enforce and recoup debt which is referred to it from other agencies and toll road companies.

This bill proposed to introduce non-monetary options for debtors to pay their SPER debts including work and development orders (WDO). The WDO could include for example courses and /or drug and alcohol treatment. It would also change the operation of the SPER from dealing with debts on an individual basis, the a case management approach meaning it will consider all debts owed by a person, rather than singularly.

You can access information on the State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill on the committee’s website here:  http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/FAC/inquiries/current-inquiries/SPERAmendmentBill2017

Kind regards

Finance and Administration Committee
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QUEENSLAND PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE
Parliament House
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Ph: 07 355 36637
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