Report No. 16, 57th Parliament - Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Committee’s report

The committee tabled its report on 6 May 2022.

After the report is tabled, the Government has three months to respond to the report’s recommendations (if any). 

View: Report
View: Government Response
View: Introductory speech (starts on page 539)
View: Bill 
View: Explanatory Notes 
View: Statement of compatibility 

About the Bill 

On 17 March 2022 the Minister for Resources introduced the Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the Transport and Resources Committee for detailed consideration. The committee is required to report to the Parliament by Friday 6 May 2022.

The purpose of the Bill, as set out in the explanatory notes, is to ensure the regulatory frameworks within the Resources portfolio remain efficient, effective, and responsive to change. The Bill provides a range of streamlining, minor and miscellaneous amendments, to legislation and regulations, that clarify policy intent and reduce complexity. 

Specifically, the Bill: 

  • corrects minor technical errors in the Acquisition of Land Act 1967 that were identified because of a court judgement
  • corrects an outdated definition of landholder of the land in the Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007 to reflect who may hold Aboriginal land
  • amends the Central Queensland Coal Associates Agreement Act 1968 to enable a variation of the Central Queensland Coal Associates Agreement. This proposed variation will provide a process to allow the removal of a special coal mining lease (SCML) from the agreement, or the removal of an SCML from the agreement and transfer of removed lease.
  • amends the Land Act 1994 and Land Regulation 2020 to:
    • introduce an alternative, more efficient pathway to initiate lease conversion, giving the chief executive an opportunity to act proactively in the allocation of state land
    • streamline administrative processes for certain dealings affecting defence land
    • simplify, streamline, and clarify policy intent for certain matters about: road closures; decisions not to renew leases; right line tidal boundaries; and payment for improvements when a lease has been forfeited, surrendered, or expired
  • modernises outdated requirements in the Land Act 1994, Place Names Act 1994, Stock Route Management Act 2002 and Vegetation Management Act 1999 to publish notices in newspapers (where a newspaper is no longer in circulation), instead allowing this to occur by suitable media channels
  • amends the Stock Route Management Act 2002 to both improve recovery of costs local governments incur managing and administering the stock route network, and overall simplify processes for stock route management; and amends the Stock Route Management Regulation 2003 to take into account new stock route decision-making and mapping provisions under the Act
  • streamlines the process to commence survey standards and clarifies policy intent and application of the ambulatory water boundary framework in the Survey and Mapping Infrastructure Act 2003 and the Survey and Mapping Infrastructure Regulation 2014
  • improves the administrative process for listing regional ecosystems and clarifies the policy intent of certain provisions in the Vegetation Management Act 1999
  • repeals the Foreign Governments (Titles to Land) Act 1948, to remove this outdated regulation as there are other legislative instruments regulating foreign ownership in Australia; and
  • repeals the Starcke Pastoral Holdings Acquisition Act 1994 and the Yeppoon Hospital Acquisition Act 2006 as these acquisition processes have been fulfilled and these Acts are no longer required

Call for submissions 

Submissions closed on Friday 1 April 2022. To access submissions, click the ‘View Submissions’ tab above.


Submissions closed:4:00pm Friday 1 April 2022 
Public briefing:Friday 1 April 2022 - Program - Archived broadcast - Transcript
Public hearing(s):Friday 8 April 2022 - 10:10am - 11:15am - Program - Archived broadcast - transcript
Report due date:Friday 6 May 2022 - Report
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