Exploring options to strategically assess mining in Queensland

Peter and Katie examined legislative and policy options for taking a strategic approach to mining and resource approvals in Queensland.

Client: Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM)

The Project

Peter and Katie examined legislative and policy options for taking a strategic approach to mining and resource approvals in Queensland.

What we did

Unlike other jurisdictions in Australia, Queensland does not yet have a legislative framework to do strategic environmental assessment. A framework would support the growing mining and resources sector in Queensland by facilitating more streamlined approval processes. It would also help ensure that cumulative environmental impacts of the growing industry are strongly managed at a regional scale. The aim of this project was to inform DNRM and other Queensland government agencies of the options, benefits and limitations of developing a strategic assessment mechanism for mining and resource activities in Queensland. We examined suitable options for a strategic approach to mining and resource approvals in Queensland. This involved:

  • Comparative analysis of existing strategic assessment legislative frameworks and implementation processes in other jurisdictions (literature review)
  • Facilitating a workshop with Queensland government agencies to discuss options including legislative and policy approaches
  • Preparing an options paper, with details on what a potential new legislative framework should include, and proposed next steps to run a pilot strategic assessment process in a resource region

The options paper has usefully informed ongoing discussions between DNRM and other agencies on this issue.