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    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Reforms to reflect a modern resources era

    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Reforms to reflect a modern resources era

    In a move to drive more investment and jobs in Queensland’s booming resources sector, the Bligh Government will modernise and streamline its resource approval processes for industry.

    Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said a new, streamlined approach to processing tenure applications would ensure Queensland’s resources industry remained competitive in the global market.

    Minister Hinchliffe today released the Government–Industry Implementation Group (GIIG) report On the right track — Progress on the Streamlining Mining and Petroleum Approvals Project.

    “It’s an excellent example of government and industry working together to develop a world-class tenures approval system,” he said.

    GIIG working groups focused on five key areas: environment, legislation, native title, small-scale mining and tenures.

    “They took a good hard look at a complex system and came up with solutions to streamline those processes,” he said.

    “As a result, we’re going to bring on more sophisticated business technology so that we can continue to cut through unnecessary red tape,” he said.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the ultimate goal is online lodgement for industry and a fully integrated electronic work flow within government.

    “Next month we will release a client portal access for companies to have a consolidated view of all their resource permits in Queensland. It will deliver the transparency industry is seeking,” he said.

    Over time, Queensland’s online services will broaden with a range of integrated services, including the ability for resource companies to make applications online and view the status of the assessment.

    Mr Hinchliffe thanked the Government–Industry Implementation Group and the five sub-groups for their dedication in driving the project over the last 12 months.

    Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche congratulated the government on embracing a collaborative approach to boosting the performance of the tenure approvals process.

    ‘I am particularly pleased to acknowledge the contributions of the departmental officials from DEEDI, DERM and the Office of the Coordinator General, and more broadly, the Premier and government as a whole for delivering on a 2009 election promise to streamline regulatory approval processes for mining and petroleum tenures in Queensland,’ Mr Roche said.

    The three reports can be downloaded from the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation website

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