Review of the Public Records Act 2002

This consultation has concluded.

In May 2022, the Queensland Government announced an independent review of the Public Records Act 2002 (the Review).

The Review was led by retired Supreme Court Judge, the Honourable John Byrne AO RFD and was supported by a panel of experts in fields relevant to the review’s Terms of Reference (PDF, 161.56 KB).

The Independent Panel Report of review of the Public Records Act 2002 (PDF, 882 KB) was delivered to the Department in August 2022.

The Queensland Government supports or supports-in-principle all 27 recommendations made by the Independent Panel and is committed to ensuring accountability and transparency throughout their implementation.

Read the Government response to the review report (PDF, 1.2MB).

Consultation — next steps

Public consultation on the proposed reforms as outlined in Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (C-RIS) PDF, 1.3MB) opened on Thursday 16 February and closed at 5pm, Monday 20 March 2023.

Government consideration

The Queensland Government will consider feedback and develop options for reforms. The proposed options and feedback received will be discussed in a Decision Regulatory Impact Statement that will be publicly available.


The Queensland Government will propose legislation to Parliament. There will be an inquiry by a Parliamentary Committee before the legislation is debated.


Implementation of potential legislative reforms will be subject to consideration by the Queensland Parliament.

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Contact us

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