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Safety Reset

The Minister’s Safety Reset for the Queensland resources sector is held biennially.

The Safety Reset is intended to refocus industry’s attention on our number one priority - the health and safety of workers and the right to return safely home after work.

The first Safety Reset in 2019 was a joint initiative of the Queensland Minister for Resources and representatives from:

  • Queensland Resources Council (QRC)
  • Cement, Concrete, and Aggregates Australia (CCAA)
  • Mining and Energy Union Queensland ​(a division of the CFMMEU)
  • Australian Workers Union (AWU).

Safety Reset content is developed by Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) on behalf of the Minister, and in consultation with an industry steering group. The 2021 and 2023 Safety Resets have been expanded to include all Queensland resources industries, with the original industry steering group extended to include petroleum and gas, and explosive industry representatives.

In addition to the original members of the 2019 steering group, the 2023 industry steering group also included representatives from:

  • Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)
  • Australasian Explosives Industry Safety Group (AEISG)
  • Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA)
  • Master Plumbers Association of Queensland (MPAQ)
  • Safer Together
  • Glencore Coal Assets Australia
  • Rio Tinto.

Each site is provided with a base slide pack and is responsible to deliver that plus additional content, specific to their industry and workplace. Every site must report back to RSHQ via the specified online format. Sites are also requested to ensure attendees complete a feedback survey.

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  • Theme: If it's not safe or you’re unsure – stop!​​

    The 2023 Safety Reset will take place in October, during Safe Work Month. The content has been developed with the assistance of representatives and stakeholder bodies from across the resources sector.


    As a Site Coordinator, you can download materials from this page or, if connectivity is an issue, contact us.

  • Theme: Chronic unease – improving safety culture through better hazard and incident reporting.

    The 2021 Safety Reset concluded with over 1,000 resets occurring across more than 190 sites in Queensland.

    On behalf of the Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart the Safety Resets were developed in consultation with stakeholders from across the sector, including operators, trade and industry associations, peak bodies and unions. For the first time, the Reset was expanded across the entire resources sector, including explosives and petroleum and gas.

    The 2021 Safety Reset referenced the recommendations of the 2019 Brady Review to encourage an industry culture of open and comprehensive reporting and investigation of near miss events, without fear, to encourage vigilance and diligence in hazard identification and control.

    RSHQ also conducted its own staff focused Safety Reset in October 2021 to sharpen focus on the importance of chronic unease and enhance internal safety culture.


  • Theme: The most important thing to come off site is you.

    The tragic deaths of six miners in 2018/19 were a devastating wake up call for the mining and quarrying industries.

    In July 2019 an emergency meeting was held between government, industry, and unions to discuss what actions could be taken to curb safety issues. Among the actions agreed to, was the inaugural Safety Reset.

    The 2019 Safety Reset was convened by then Minister for Resources, Dr Anthony Lynham as an important first step to refocus industry on what is most important: everyone’s the right to return home safely after work.

    The first Safety Reset was held during August, and site reporting showed about 52,000 workers attended 1,115 sessions at 219 sites across Queensland.


Last updated: 31 Aug 2023