Bills are proposed laws introduced into the Legislative Assembly. If agreed to by the Parliament, they become Acts. In Queensland all Government Bills are drafted by the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel (OQPC) on receipt of a specific Cabinet authority which justifies the need for legislation. This is an important step in the process as not everything the Government seeks to achieve needs to be implemented by legislation.
Most Bills are Government Bills and are introduced into Parliament by the Minister whose responsibilities cover the Bill’s subject matter. However, OQPC also drafts Bills for private members at their request. These are called private members’ Bills.