Stick to your main points about the proposed change and give examples where necessary. Be sure to keep your submissions concise and clear.
How do I send in my submission? Example submissions EDO Queensland has a wide variety of past law reform submissions on its website here. In other words, we will do our best to keep your information confidential if you ask us to do so, but we cannot promise to do so, and sometimes the law or the public interest says we must disclose your information to someone else.
Appearing before a Committee If you write a submission to a committee, you may be invited or you can ask to appear in person at a public hearing.
You can also make contact with particular departmental officers and ask to stay involved in any relevant policy or law change. How should you prepare for your submission?
Does it provide clear public access to information? Individuals or groups may publish or disclose their submissions with other individuals or groups, except during the parliamentary committee process see below. There is information on how to make a submission here.Formatting and administrative matters Is there a set form I need to use? You can set them out in numbered textboxes to make them stand out e. It may cover all the points in the terms of reference or only some of them, depending on what interests you. Can the bill be re-drafted in any way to satisfy your concerns? Any additional relevant information on government websites. Also, bear in mind, anything said during the hearing by you or the Committee will be recorded on the official parliamentary record of proceedings Hansard which is searchable online. It is likely the agency will not change its entire policy approach, particularly at a Parliamentary Committee stage, but you can still get important details altered to better protect the environment. Here, we are only talking about submissions on proposed changes to the law. Tell your story if it is relevant to proposed change Will the proposed policy or legislative change affect you, or your community group, or the environment? Does the change recognise the importance of the relationship between humans and nature, and the importance of our responsibilities to future generations?
The more support materials you use, the stronger and more persuasive your argument will be. Submissions are not usually required to be in any particular format or structure.
We recommend using the consultation documents to help guide your submission. Read more about the FLPs and what a breach might involve here.