Australia: Discussion paper proposes amendments to Queensland's mine safety legislation

Resources and Energy Alert: 18 Jun 2012
Last Updated: 19 June 2012

By Andrew Tobin, Partner and Troy Wild

Queensland's Department of Natural Resources and Mines has recently announced that it will not adopt the Model Work Health and Safety legislation for Queensland's mining sector "for the sake of administrative harmonisation". Instead, it wants to retain Queensland's current health and safety mining laws and complement those laws with provisions of the National Mine Safety Framework (NMSF) that improve safety and consistency.

Here, partner Andrew Tobin and solicitor Troy Wild outline the three options the Department of Natural Resources and Mines is considering to implement new mine safety legislation, and explains why the Department does not plan to adopt the national Model Work Health and Safety legislation.

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