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Environmental Offsets Bill 2014
The Environmental Offsets Bill 2014 sets the foundation for the State’s environmental offset framework, standardising the currently inconsistent offset arrangements in the five existing Queensland Government offset policies. The Bill provides the foundation for what an offset is and how it is to be provided; complementing assessment provisions in existing legislation, which govern if and when an

Govt Response to Committee Report No 59 Inquiry into Coastal Sea Freight
In December 2014, the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee tabled Report No. 59, ‘Inquiry into Coastal Sea Freight’. The Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee made 16 recommendations as practical strategies that aim to facilitate the development of a robust coastal shipping service along the Queensland coastline. The Report concluded a regular sea freight service along the

Underground coal gasification activity in Queensland
Since 2009, underground coal gasification (UCG) pilot trial projects have been undertaken to demonstrate the technical, commercial and environmental viability of the technology, including the management of environmental impacts. The UCG trial projects have been conducted on a limited scale only. A legislative moratorium will be introduced on all activities relating to mineral (f) under the Mine

Queensland Gas Supply and Demand Action Plan Discussion Paper
In July 2015, in response to emerging challenges and the desire to develop a strategic policy blueprint for the Queensland gas sector, the Queensland Government released the terms of reference for the development of a Queensland Gas Supply and Demand Action Plan. Following extensive analysis and research, a discussion paper was developed. The discussion paper contains a number of reform initiati

Queensland Government Response to the Statutory Review of the Biodiscovery Act 2004
The Biodiscovery Act 2004 (the Act) regulates the take and use of native biological material collected from State land or in Queensland waters for the purpose of biodiscovery. Biodiscovery is the analysis of molecular, biochemical or genetic information about native biological material, and the subsequent use of it for commercial purposes. The Act provides the regulatory and contractual framework

Management of Queensland abandoned mines and addressing risks associated with resource authorities
In 2016, the government commissioned the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) to undertake a review of the financial assurance (FA) framework for the resources sector. The review recommended an alternative financial assurance system and a range of complementary measures to reduce the state’s financial exposure to the costs of managing mined land. The Financial Assurance Framework Reform discussio

Abandoned Mines Management Policy and regulatory efficiency consultation report
In 2016, the Queensland Government commissioned the Queensland Treasury Corporation to review Queensland’s financial assurance framework. The review made a number of recommendations to reduce Queensland’s exposure to the financial and environmental costs of managing land disturbed by resource activities. In response to that investigation and to further support the transparency of abandoned mine

Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018 establishes a financial provisioning scheme to replace the current financial assurance arrangements for resource activities and a legislative basis for the Mined Land Rehabilitation framework. The Bill will require mine operators with a site specific environmental authority to prepare a plan for how and when mined land is rehabil

Amendments to Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018 (the Bill) was introduced to Parliament on 15 February 2018. It establishes a financial provisioning scheme to replace the current financial assurance arrangements for resource activities and a legislative basis for the Mined Land Rehabilitation framework. The Economics and Governance Committee provided its report on the Bill on 2

Outcomes of Financial Assurance and Mining Rehabilitation Reforms
In 2016, the Queensland Government undertook a review of the financial assurance framework for the resources sector. The review made recommendations to reduce the State’s exposure to the financial and environmental costs of managing land disturbed by resource activities. The recommendations related to final assurance, mining rehabilitation, Queensland’s tenure framework, residual risk and the Gove

Appointments to Financial Provisioning Scheme Advisory Committee
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Act 2018 (the Act) came into force on 1 April 2019 and established the Financial Provisioning Scheme (the Scheme). In accordance with the Act, the Government has established the Financial Provisioning Scheme Advisory Committee which will provide advice to a requesting entity on funding proposals relating to expenditure on pre-commencement

Biodiscovery and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
Biodiscovery makes a valuable contribution to the State’s economy through innovative research and the commercialisation of research products using native biological material. The Biodiscovery Act 2004 (the Act) regulates the take and use of native biological resources from State land or Queensland waters for biodiscovery research and commercialisation. Since the Act’s commencement, the biodiscover

Appointments to Land Restoration Fund Investment Panel
The $500 million Land Restoration Fund (LRF) is a first of its kind initiative that supports farmers, landowners and Traditional Owners to put in place sustainable land use practices that deliver improved yields, diversify income streams, create jobs and protect Queensland’s unique environment. The LRF was officially launched in December 2019 with the first funding round opening on 28 January 2020

Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020
On 7 November 2019, the Queensland Government released Tackling Plastic Waste – Queensland’s Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan (the Plan). The Plan identifies and prioritises actions to reduce plastic waste and the economic and environmental impacts of plastic pollution. To help meet these objectives, a key action of the Plan is the introduction of legislation to enable a ban on the supply of singl

Lapsed Legislation for reintroduction to Legislative Assembly
The Parliament was dissolved on 6 October 2020 for the 2020 State election, held on 31 October 2020. The dissolution had significant effects on the Parliament as follows: All business on the Notice Paper including Government Bills, Private Members Bills and Questions On Notice lapsed; All notices of motions remaining on the Notice Paper such as revocation motions lapsed, except for disallowance m