Community and stakeholder information about exploration

We aim to provide timely and meaningful engagement with communities who are, or may be, affected by exploration and mining activities.

Notifying communities of upcoming exploration tenders

We provide directly affected landholders and other key stakeholders – including native title representatives, local governments and key community groups – with advance notice of land that will be released via competitive tender for potential future resource exploration, including information to help them understand the process.

The information provided includes:

Achieving coexistence between industry and landholders or other impacted stakeholders is important to ensure the future of the resources sector. To support this, the advance notices include information about the recently released coexistence principles. These principles outline government's expectations for behaviours between resource companies and landholders, and aim to support mutually beneficial relationships between all parties.

The coexistence principles are part of the Land Access Code.

Notifying communities of tender process outcomes

Following the competitive tender process, stakeholders are advised about the tender outcome and if the tender is awarded, who has been appointed as the preferred tenderer for each exploration tender area.

The successful tenderer will be required to go through an application process for a relevant resource authority, including first meeting environmental obligations and addressing native title requirements. It is only once a resource authority has been granted that on-ground activity may commence, and then only once land access arrangements have been made.

New GeoResGlobe topic for QEP

A new GeoResGlobe topic is now available to help landholders and other users identify if a property is directly affected by the release of the Queensland Exploration Program.

The QEP topic includes useful mapping layers and is accompanied by a video tutorial that provides guidance on how to use GeoResGlobe to explore the QEP.

The tutorial will show users how to:

  • search for a property
  • identify land released through the QEP
  • and view resources activities either on or near their property.

You will be able to access the new topic by visiting the GeoResGlobe and searching for 'Queensland Exploration Program'.

Key stakeholder groups

At each point of the process, directly affected stakeholders and peak body groups are given the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification, and provide any feedback that can be used for future land release development.

Stakeholders include the following organisations.

Resources stakeholders

  • Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association
  • Association of Mining and Exploration Companies
  • Queensland Resources Council
  • Queensland Exploration Council

Agriculture stakeholders

  • AgForce Queensland
  • Queensland Farmers' Federation

Environment stakeholders

  • Environmental Defenders Office
  • Regional natural resource management groups

Native title stakeholders

  • Queensland South Native Title Services
  • North Queensland Land Council

Local government stakeholders

  • Local Government Association of Queensland

Government authority stakeholders

  • GasFields Commission Queensland
  • Land Access Ombudsman

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