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Public consultation

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

The resources sector is a key driver of the Queensland economy, creating jobs and delivering a range of broader benefits for the state. A strong resources sector depends on its industries having safe and healthy workplaces.

Despite two industry-wide safety resets and the ongoing efforts of RSHQ’s inspectorates with resource organisations, fatalities and serious accidents continue to occur.

Workplace death and serious injury is simply unacceptable.

The recommendations from the Review of all fatal accidents in Queensland mines and quarries from 2000 to 2019 by Dr Sean Brady (the Brady Review) and the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry show that continuous improvements are needed to the resources safety legislative framework, to improve its effectiveness and ensure safer environments for resource sector workers.

Facilitating high reliability organisation behaviours

RSHQ has developed the ‘Facilitating High Reliability Organisation behaviours in Queensland’s Resources Sector and Modernising Regulatory Enforcement’ Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) to outline the proposed changes to resources safety acts in Queensland.

The CRIS proposes a range of reforms which act on recommendations from the Brady Review and Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report. The reforms will:

  • facilitate the growth in high reliability organisation (HRO) behaviours
  • modernise regulatory enforcement powers
  • implement a more contemporary legislative framework
  • ensure consistency across the resources safety acts.

Provide feedback

The CRIS will be available for comment between 23 September to 21 November 2022.

RSHQ invites interested parties to review the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement and provide feedback by COB 21 November 2022.

Read the CRIS: Facilitating High Reliability Organisation behaviours in Queensland’s Resources Sector and Modernising Regulatory Enforcement.

To assist in your reading of the CRIS we have provided summaries of the areas that you may be interested in:

Provide your feedback via Get Involved at: https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au

A public consultation forum will be held in Mackay on the 27th October 2022. Further information and registration details will be sent to stakeholders shortly.

Following the end of the consultation period, RSHQ will collate the feedback and commence preparation of the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS).

Key milestones

The initial key milestones for the regulatory changes are:

  
23 September 2022 Release of the draft CRIS: Facilitating High Reliability Organisation behaviours in Queensland’s Resources Sector and Modernising Regulatory Enforcement.
October/November 2022 Stakeholder meetings.
27 October 2022 A public consultation forum will be held in Mackay to provide an overview of the CRIS and answer questions. Further information and registration details will be sent to stakeholders.
21 November 2022 Closure of the consultation period for the CRIS.
Mid 2023 A draft Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS) will be released for consultation.

Contact

If you have questions about the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement please email: Policy@rshq.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 28 Sep 2022