Qld: Government releases Galilee Basin Development Strategy

On 7 November 2013, the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, released the Galilee Basin Development Strategy (Strategy). The Strategy acknowledges the long-term economic benefits that opening up the Galilee Basin to mining would bring to Queensland and is designed to support and encourage business and industry to develop key infrastructure across the region. The Strategy details … Read more

2013 Budget – Changes affecting the mining sector

The Federal Government’s 2013-2014 Budget (the Budget) contains a number of changes to existing tax rules some of which are expected to have adverse implications on the mining sector. Changes to accelerated tax depreciation arrangements The Federal Government announced immediate changes to Australian tax laws which impact income tax deductions available to mining companies. The … Read more

Committee to oversee QLD’s land access reform ‘Action Plan’ announced

As promised after the state election in 2012, the Queensland Government has confirmed the details of the committee that will advise them on the issues identified in the Six Point Action Plan to reform the state’s land access laws. The seven member committee will be chaired by Dr David Watson, and will provide a forum … Read more

Queensland lifts ban on shale oil mining

Yesterday the Newman Government announced a new oil shale policy that it will allow the development of a commercial shale industry in Queensland but leaves in place the existing 20 year moratorium suspending development of the McFarlane oil shale deposit near Proserpine.  The policy will set rigorous environmental controls on the industry and will allow … Read more

Current trends and regulatory changes for the mining industry in QLD – a quick review

If announcements are anything to go by, the immediate future for the mining industry at a regulatory level is looking brighter. The Queensland Government has announced their intention to attempt to decrease the inefficiencies that currently exist at a compliance level in the resources sector. Accordingly, the Queensland Government has recently enacted legislation to streamline … Read more