Qld bail changes to keep DV victims safer

Stuart Layt

Queensland's opposition promise they'll closely monitor how the courts use new beefed-up powers to deal with domestic violence offences, with sweeping changes passing state parliament.

The bills, from the Liberal National Party and the Labor government, were passed with amendments in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The main thrust of the LNP opposition's bill was to reverse the onus of proof for those accused of domestic violence, meaning they must prove why they should be released on bail.

That measure passed, however others were modified by the government, in particular the requirement for courts to notify victims of domestic violence when the alleged perpetrator made an application for bail.

The government instead put forward a "charter of agreement" for bail applications to be reported to those affected, something LNP leader Tim Nicholls said struck a sour note on an otherwise good night.

"We hope that the charter works, and we will keep an eye on it, but certainly the stronger power was in the legislation ensuring the court must let someone know," Mr Nicholls told reporters.

The laws were prompted by the violent death of Gold Coast mother Teresa Bradford, who was murdered by her estranged husband David in January.

David Bradford was on bail for a previous attack on his wife and took his own life following the murder.

Sonia Anderson's daughter Bianca was killed by her partner in 2010 and she has supported the LNP's bill since it was announced.

Ms Anderson said she was also largely happy with the bills and hoped the amendments made by the government made the laws strong enough.

"I have my concerns because an undertaking or an understanding doesn't necessarily make things happen," she said on Thursday.

"I'm just hoping that what the government does have in place will work, I really do, because I think it will be terrible if victims aren't notified urgently."

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the laws would ensure people who were affected by tragedy would be better supported.

"Our government is committed to improving the safety of Queenslanders and this is why we took a bipartisan approach to this issue," Mrs D'Ath said.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.