Printing and Newspapers Act 1981 - Queensland

Service summary

Object or Purpose of this legislative Instrument:

To ensure that the printers and publishers of documents and newspapers to be sold or distributed to the public are identified.

Scope of this legislative Instrument:

The Act requires a printer of certain printed documents, which he/she knows, or has reason to believe, are intended to be sold or distributed, to print his/her name, business address and the year in which the document was printed on the first or last page of the document.

The Act also requires the printer of a newspaper to print, on the first or last page of the newspaper, his/her name and place of business and the name and address of the publisher of the newspaper.

The requirement for a printer to print the year of publication on a document will assist persons wishing to obtain current publications, such as street directories and road maps.

Certain documents are exempted from the provisions of the Act, such as the document printed for the Crown in right of the State or of the Commonwealth, other Government documents, financial documents e.g bills of exchange and documents containing information relating to proposed sales of property.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms


includes a book, pamphlet, leaflet, circular, advertisement, poster or magazine or other periodical publication but does not include a newspaper.


includes a paper or pamphlet containing any public news, intelligence, occurrences or any remarks or observations thereon or on any political matter, printed for sale or distribution, and published periodically, or in parts or numbers, at intervals not exceeding 31 days between the publication of any two such papers or pamphlets or parts of numbers. The term does not include any document published in the course of duty by the Government Printer, or any paper containing only matter wholly of a commercial nature.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

The Act gives Queensland police officers the power to request a copy of a document or newspaper.

All offences under the Act may be prosecuted through the courts on the complaint of a police officer or other authorised person. Fines may be imposed by the court.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

An appeal against a court decision may be made in accordance with the relevant court rules.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Strategic Policy, Legal and Executive Services
Strategic Policy

Contact details

Assistant Director, Strategic Policy
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Strategic Policy, Legal and Executive Services
Strategic Policy

Mailing address:
GPO Box 149
Queensland 4001


07 3239 3299


07 3239 3046

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