Land access in Queensland



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Land access in Queensland

The land access laws in operation in Queensland require that all resource companies undertaking exploration and development activities in Queensland must comply with conditions set out in the Land Access Code. It replaces:

  • the Queensland Mining, Petroleum and Gas, Geothermal and Greenhouse Gas Storage Land Access Code and
  • Code of Conduct - Procedures for sound landholder/explorer relations.

The laws are part of the Land Access policy framework which was developed in close consultation with the Land Access working group.

They provide consistency in land access across Queensland's various resource laws and affect companies involved in petroleum, minerals, coal, gas, geothermal and greenhouse gas storage, exploration and development.

The laws include a single Land Access Code (PDF, 100 kB) that sets best practice guidance related to communications between landholders and resource companies and outlines mandatory conditions that must be complied with by resource companies undertaking activities on private land.

Information for landholders including factsheets and resources

Reforms to the Land Access Framework

On 4 March 2014, the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines released the Land Access Implementation Committee’s report (PDF, 477 kB). The committee’s report makes recommendations on how to implement the government's reforms to Queensland's land access framework contained in the government's "Six Point Action Plan (PDF, 332 kB)".

The implementation committee was chaired by Dr David Watson who also chaired the independent review of the Queensland's land access framework. The committee also included senior representatives of the GasFields Commission Queensland, AgForce, Queensland Farmers' Federation, Queensland Resources Council, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.

A consultant’s report (PDF, 1.9 MB) was also commissioned to inform the implementation committee’s review of compensation available under the land access arrangements.

Land Access Framework review

A review of the Queensland Government's Land Access Framework was undertaken early in 2012 by an independent panel of agricultural and resource industry experts. The purpose of the review was to assess the framework and its effectiveness and make recommendations on improvements that could be made.

The panel documented its analysis of stakeholders' feedback, together with a list of recommendations in a report to government, Land Access Framework - 12-month review (PDF, 197 kB).

After seeking the views of the community and stakeholders, the Queensland Government developed a "Six Point Action Plan" in the Queensland Government response to the report of the Land Access Review Panel - December 2012 (PDF, 332 kB).

Last updated 4 March 2014