Briefing note – NROLA Act introduces amendments to the MRA and PAGA

Overview On 15 May 2019, the Queensland Parliament passed the Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (NROLA Act). The Act implements a large number of changes across 34 pieces of land, water and mining legislation.1 Relevantly, the NROLA Act includes reforms to the administration of coal and petroleum exploration tenements in Queensland. This … Read more

Queensland’s mining sector set to experience significant changes to financial assurance and rehabilitation requirements with proposed reforms

Mining projects in Queensland typically require financial assurance (FA), a form of financial security/bonding provided to the Government to cover costs associated with environmental harm and rehabilitation, should the project not comply with environmental obligations. In 2016, an independent review of Queensland’s FA framework was undertaken, which revealed that an increasingly small amount of land … Read more

Queensland explores mining rehabilitation and financial assurance reforms

At a glance The Queensland Government has proposed broad policy and legislative reform in relation to financial assurance and mine rehabilitation with a view to improving rehabilitation performance, reducing reliance on the financial assurance system and clarifying mine rehabilitation requirements. The first two of a series of discussion papers have recently been released, and are … Read more

Parliamentary Inquiry Report into FIFO and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland released

On 9 October 2015 the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee released its “Parliamentary Inquiry report into FIFO and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland” (Parliamentary Inquiry Report). Earlier this month, on 1 October 2015, the Government appointed FIFO Panel made its “FIFO Review Report” (Review Report) publicly available, after being provided … Read more

Update – Innovative Resources Tenures Framework, Queensland

On 12 October 2015, Herbert Smith Freehills attended the Queensland Department of Natural Resources & Mines workshop on the Innovative Resources Tenures Framework in Brisbane.The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the Policy Position Paper, which was released in August 2015.  Submissions in response to the Policy Position Paper close on 30 October 2015. … Read more

Mining and petroleum tenure reform in Queensland

Material changes are proposed to the tenures under which minerals and petroleum are explored for in Queensland. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines recently released a policy position paper titled ‘Innovative resources tenures framework’ (Reform Policy). Consultation with the industry and interested parties is proposed for September and October 2015. Importantly, submissions on the … Read more

Qld: Extension of termination date for the Queensland Rail 2008 undertaking

On 9 April 2015, Queensland Rail (QR) requested an extension to the termination date of the QR Network Access Undertaking (2008) June 2010 (2008 Access Undertaking) from the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA). QR has requested that the 2008 Access Undertaking be extended until the earlier of: 30 June 2016, or the date on which the … Read more

BCIPA Amendments

On 9 April Tim Mander, the Minister for Housing and Public Works, released a media statement on the proposed amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payment Act 2004 (Qld) (Amendments). The Amendments are intended to improve the process of resolving disputes by making it fairer and more transparent. The Amendments have been approved by … Read more