Australia is a country with vast mineral wealth. This fact, coupled with its stable political, legal and economic environment, a highly skilled workforce, and a welcoming attitude to foreign investment, makes Australia a favoured destination.
Under proposed amendments to Queensland’s Environmental Protection Act 1994, a progressive rehabilitation and closure plan would be required to accompany a site-specific application for a mining activity relating to a mining lease.
Fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) workers have long been an integral aspect of the operational model of large resources projects. However, all that could be changing with the introduction of the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016.
The Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) puts lenders at risk of being in the firing line of the Queensland DEHP for environmental harm caused by their borrowers in Queensland.
A recent decision by Justice Moore in People for the Plains v Santos  has provided some clarity around the types of activities that fall under the definition of ‘prospecting’ and can therefore be carried out without development consent.