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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Small miners exempt from safety and health levy

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Small miners exempt from safety and health levy

    Small mining operations that employ five workers or less will no longer have to pay the Queensland Government’s annual Safety and Health Levy.

    Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said today this exemption would save small operators up to $500 a year.

    ”The levy exemption applies to small mining and quarrying operators as well as ammunition sellers and collectors, tourist mines, gun clubs and farm businesses which use ammonium nitrate,” he said.

    “Until now, operators with five full time workers or less paid an annual Safety and Health Levy of $100 per worker.

    “The exemption for small operators applies immediately so they won’t have to pay the 2010-11 levy payable by October 31.”

    Mr Robertson said revenue from the annual Safety and Health Levy is used to pay for important State Government safety and health services provided to the mining and resource industries.

    “Services include mining health and safety inspections and audits, investigations of accidents, research and development, safety training and provision of emergency services.

    “These services are vital to minimising risk and ensuring workers return home safely to their families after every shift,” he said

    There are approximately 41,000 people working in the Queensland mining industry. Statistics indicate there are currently 87 mines, 49 quarries and 317 explosives clients who employ five or less workers.

    Mr Robertson said the annual safety and health levy payment for mining operators employing between six and 10 workers would remain at $100 per employee.

    Larger organisations employing 11 workers or more would pay a reduced annual safety and health levy of $795 per employee – a saving of $9 per employee.

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