Scope of this legislative Instrument:
The Ambulance Service Act 1991 establishes the Queensland Ambulance Service and empowers it to render emergency treatment and patient care, including transport, to sick and injured persons.
Business-related provisions of the Act include:
- persons may not directly or indirectly imply that they provide or participate in providing ambulance transport without the approval of the Minister for Community Safety.
- a person must not:
- without the written authority of the Minister, use the words 'Ambulance Service' or any similar name, title or description; or
- represent that the person is associated with the Queensland Ambulance Service unless such association exists; or
- without the written authority of the Minister, use the word 'Ambulance' on any vehicle that is not owned or operated by the Queensland Ambulance Service; or
- impersonate an officer or other staff member of the Queensland Ambulance Service; or
- without the written authority of the Minister, use any insignia of the Queensland Ambulance Service in any manner contrary to the manner approved by the Minister.
These restrictions do not apply to:
- an ambulance service conducted under the Health Services Act 1991
- the use of the word 'Ambulance' by the St John Ambulance Australia-Queensland as part of its name
- the use of the words 'animal ambulance' on a vehicle owned or operated by an animal welfare organisation for the transport of sick or injured animals.
The Act exempts Queensland Ambulance Service vehicles from all tolls, whether road, bridge or vehicular ferry.
The Act also provides for regulations which establish a schedule of fees and charges and entitlements of the general public to ambulance services.
The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:
Ambulance Service Regulation 1991