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ARELJ Recent Development - Industrial Manslaughter in the Queensland Resources Sector

Deanna McMaster, Rhian O'Sullivan, Luke Gallant

On 20 May 2020, Queensland passed the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Qld). Among other things, the Act introduced industrial manslaughter offences into the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld), Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld), Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld), and Explosives Act 1999 (Qld). These provisions took effect on 1 July 2020. The commencement of these changes coincides with a strong focus from safety regulators across Queensland on enforcement action and accountability at the senior management level. This paper addresses the new industrial
manslaughter regime for the Queensland resources sector including practical implications.

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