B- rating for QLD with more work to do to implement key abuse Royal Commission law reform recommendations
14 December 2018
Lawyers for abuse survivors have called on Queensland to prioritise legal reforms to improve access to justice for abuse survivors, saying a year on from the Royal Commission’s final report the Sunshine State had more work to do to implement key recommendations.
Maurice Blackburn Queensland head of Abuse Law Jed McNamara said on the eve of the 12 month anniversary of the Royal Commission’s final report it was evident that Queensland had more work to do to join New South Wales (NSW), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Victoria as a leader on reform.
“While Queensland has joined the national redress scheme, lifted statutes of limitations and is moving to abolish the Ellis defence and to reverse the onus of proof on institutions which is welcome, it still has work to do to match other states on a range of important reforms recommended by the Royal Commission,” Mr McNamara said.
“That is why we have today awarded Queensland a B- ranking - progress has been made but it is evident there is more to be done to improve access to justice for abuse survivors.
“In particular we would like to see Queensland act in 2019 to introduce penalties for the failure to report child sexual abuse as now exists in NSW, the ACT, Tasmania and Victoria and we would also like to see a more substantive commitment made to extend mandatory reporting to include the confessional.
“There also appears to have been limited progress made in introducing a non-delegable duty of care on organisations in Queensland, again something that Victoria has progressed and that NSW is acting on.
“We urge Queensland to implement these remaining reforms as a priority in 2019 in joining with Victoria, NSW and the ACT as leading states when it comes to increasing access to justice for abuse survivors,” he said.
A full scorecard on the progress states have made towards implementing key legal reforms recommended by the Royal Commission is attached.