2014-15 Queensland State budget papers

In the 2014-15 budget papers tabled on 3 June 2014, the State Government also noted that the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 will be amended within the next financial year.

It is not yet clear whether Queensland will follow NSW and Western Australia in adopting the harmonised mine safety laws which are based on the model WHS laws and provisions agreed between the three states under the National Mine Safety Framework.  NSW has introduced an Act and draft Regulation and WA has indicated that it will be doing so by the end of 2014 (it should be noted that the position in Western Australia may have changed following the release of the 2014-15 budget – refer below).