25 May, 2020 –
The Palaszczuk Government’s recent mine safety reforms have made our state’s mining laws even tougher. Mine and quarry company executives now face up to 20 years in jail or fines of up to $13 million if a worker dies because of criminal negligence.
The Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 delivers on three significant government priorities.
- First, the bill strengthens safety culture in the resources sector through introducing industrial manslaughter provisions and requiring that persons appointed to critical safety statutory roles for coalmining operations must be an employee of the coalmine operator.
- Second, the bill implements legislative changes that support the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing reforms to the mine rehabilitation and financial assurance laws.
- Third, the bill progresses amendments that align with our election commitment to improve the regulatory efficiency of the resources sector. The bill also includes minor and technical amendments to improve the operation of legislation within the natural resources, mines and energy portfolio.
Every worker deserves to come home safe to their family and friends after every shift. These latest mine safety reforms from the Palaszczuk Government extend the protections for our mine workers. Because the most valuable product to leave site every day is a worker.