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Improving safety in the mining and quarrying sector

The Queensland Government is committed to improving the sector’s performance to ensure workers return home safely at the end of each shift.

Reset

During July and August 2019 more than 52,000 mine and quarry workers attended 1,197 Safety Reset sessions - to refocus on what it means to be a safe industry, free of fatality and serious harm.

A confidential online survey was conducted to capture feedback on the reset sessions and industry safety culture more broadly. The independent analysis of the survey data that was conducted by Ronan Analytics is now available.

The findings are generally consistent with those of the more formal reviews and highlight a desire for improvement in 3 areas:

  • safety leadership
  • workforce practices
  • training and procedures.

Review

Expert independent reviews into Queensland’s mining and quarrying safety performance and legislative framework were finalised and tabled in Queensland Parliament on 6 February 2020.

Access the review by Dr Sean Brady, published on the Queensland Parliament website (Ref no 197).

The University of Queensland reviews of coal, and mineral mining and quarrying safety and health legislation are also available from the Queensland Parliament website.

Deliver

Along with the 2019 Safety Reset, we have delivered a suite of reforms to improve safety outcomes, including:

  • the introduction of legislation to make industrial manslaughter an offence, as it is in other Queensland workplaces
  • $35 million to enable the delivery of occupational health reforms
  • tighter controls on dust levels and free respiratory health checks for former workers
  • additional mines inspectors in regional Queensland
  • increased maximum penalties for offences and powers to issue fines without going to court.

Zero serious harm

Improving safety outcomes requires a genuine and ongoing commitment.

We have several initiatives underway for 2020 and beyond.

  • Legislation was passed on 17 March 2020, clearing the way for a new independent regulator, Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ), which is expected to commence from 1 July 2020.
  • The 4 recommendations from the Brady Review for the regulator will be implemented by RSHQ during 2020.
  • The tripartite mining safety and health advisory committees will work through The University of Queensland's assessments’ findings and make recommendations on suitable improvements to the legislative framework.

Find out more

This page will be updated as recommendations are progressed and milestones met.

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Last updated: 30 Jul 2020