Resources safety and health legislative reforms

The Facilitating high reliability organisation behaviours in Queensland's resources sector and modernising regulatory enforcement Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) reviews the resources sector safety and health laws, namely the:

  • Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (CMSHA)
  • Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (MQSHA)
  • Explosives Act 1999 (Explosives Act); and
  • Safety related aspects of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (PG Act).

The Queensland Government is committed to achieving a strong resources sector.

The resources industry is a key driver of the Queensland economy, creating jobs and delivering a range of broader benefits for the State. The most important thing to come out of any workplace at the end of a shift is its workers and a strong resources sector depends on its industries having safe and healthy workplaces.

Following a series of fatal accidents and serious incidents in the mining and quarrying industries since 2018, there have been a number of reviews initiated by the Government. The Government’s objective is to support the Queensland resources industry to protect workers through implementation of appropriate reforms to reduce the rates of serious accidents and fatalities.

The CRIS assesses the impacts of reform options, compared to the base case of maintaining the status quo. It identifies where the impacts of legislation changes may have a cost or benefit on the community, industry and Government.

Resources Safety and Health Queensland invites you to provide feedback on the recommended option - the package of preventive and proactive regulatory reforms for the Resources Safety Acts designed to reduce serious accidents and fatalities. This package responds to the recommendations from the reviews; modernises enforcement powers and contemporises the legislation. It also facilitates growth in high reliability organisational behaviours in the resources sector.

The CRIS is available here: https://www.rshq.qld.gov.au/about-us/resources/public-consultation

Feedback closes at 5pm on 21 November 2022. Submissions can be made via the below survey link.

The CRIS will be open for public consultation for a period of approximately 60 days.

For a summarised list of all the recommended regulatory changes for the package of preventive and pro-active regulatory reforms, please see Table 3 in the CRIS.

For a full list of questions, we have provided as a prompt to help provide feedback on this recommended option, please go to Appendix 1 within the CRIS document. Please provide your responses to the questions via the survey. 

Answer an online survey