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Mining rehabilitation reforms

Financial assurance reform

The Mining Rehabilitation Reforms are part of the Queensland Government’s Financial Assurance Reform package aimed at ensuring Queensland will have leading international financial assurance and rehabilitation practices that contribute to the efficient and effective management of the state’s minerals and energy resources and environment.

The reform package proposes to deliver:

  • a high level of environmental performance
  • rehabilitation investment in the Queensland’s resources industry
  • better protection of Queensland’s financial interests.

Find out more information on the broader reforms.

Mining rehabilitation reforms

The Mined Land Rehabilitation Policy (PDF, 1.3M) formalises the Queensland Government’s commitment to ensuring land disturbed by mining activities is rehabilitated to a safe and stable landform that does not cause environmental harm and is able to sustain an approved post-mining land use.

To deliver on this commitment, the framework proposed by the policy includes a requirement for all large mines in Queensland to develop a Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plan (PRC Plan). This will include new mines, as part of their site-specific environmental authority application process. Existing mines will be transitioned into the framework.

The PRC Plan is designed to ensure mines are planned to enhance progressive rehabilitation rates by including clear milestones with set delivery dates. Progress towards milestones will be regularly monitored through annual reporting on past performance and a 3-yearly audit to assess current and future performance.

Public accountability is a key policy objective of the reforms and will be included in the PRC Plan framework by ensuring community engagement and consultation occurs throughout the life of a mine.

The policy was finalised following consultation with industry, community and environmental stakeholders who provided feedback on the Better Mine Rehabilitation for Queensland discussion paper.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has commenced planning for implementation of the reforms, which will be delivered through legislative amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and development of supporting material such as guidelines.

Last updated
13 October 2017