Report No. 7, 57th Parliament - Resources Safety and Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2024

Committee’s report

The committee tabled its report on 7 June 2024. The government tabled its response to this report on 12 June 2024. The bill was passed with amendment on 12/6/2024.

View: Report No. 7, 57th Parliament - Resources Safety and Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2024
View: Addendum to Report No. 7, 57th Parliament - Resources Safety and Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2024
View: Government Response tabled on 12 June 2024

About the Bill 

On 18 April 2024 the Minister Scott Stewart MP, Minister for Resources and Critical Minerals, introduced the Resources Safety and Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2024 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the Clean Economy Jobs, Resources and Transport Committee for detailed consideration.

The principal policy objectives of the Bill are to improve the sector’s safety and health performance to reduce the occurrence of fatalities and serious accidents. It facilitates growth in high-reliability organisation (HRO) behaviours within the resources sector, modernises regulatory enforcement powers and ensures resources safety and health legislation is contemporary and effective.

The reforms have been informed by: a review of all fatal accidents in Queensland mines and quarries from 2000 to 2019 (Brady Review); the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry (Coal Mining Board of Inquiry) finalised in May 2021; and the Queensland Government’s mining industry-wide safety resets in 2019 and 2021.

The Bill contains a package of preventative and proactive reforms that amend the Resources Safety and Health Queensland Act 2020 (RSHQ Act), the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (CMSHA), the Explosives Act 1999 (Explosives Act), the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (MQSHA), and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (P&G Act), collectively referred to as the Resources Safety Acts, to:

  • facilitate the growth in HRO behaviours within the resources sector - these amendments place emphasis on reforms that improve the implementation of critical controls by industry, increased competency requirements for critical roles, improved training, continual professional development requirements, information sharing and incident notification and reporting, and strengthening protections for workers against reprisals
  • modernise regulatory enforcement powers - these amendments will enhance existing compliance and enforcement tools under the Resources Safety Acts, such as the directives framework, as well as introduce enforceable undertakings and further court orders
  • provide for more contemporary legislation and
  • enhance the operation and administration of the legislation through a range of minor operational amendments.

View: Explanatory speech (pages 1218 - 1221)
View: Bill 
View: Explanatory Notes 
View: Statement of compatibility 

Further information

Further information including written briefings, correspondence, response to submissions, transcripts and answers to questions taken on notice will be published under the Related Publications tab as they become available.


Submissions closed:Friday, 10 May 2024, 12pm
Public briefing(s):

Monday, 29 April 2024 - Program - Broadcast -Transcript

Friday, 24 May 2024 3:45pm - 4:15pm - Program - Broadcast - Transcript

Public hearing(s):

Friday, 3 May 2024 Mackay - CANCELLED

Wednesday, 8 May 2024: 12:00pm - 12:45pm Burke & Wills Hotel, 554 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, 4350

Monday, 13 May 2024: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Brisbane, Parliament House - Program - Broadcast - Transcript

Report due date:7 June 2024






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