Accessing private land for resource activities
Before entering private land to carry out authorised activities, resource companies must comply with land access laws and follow set procedures to gain access.
The requirements vary depending on whether the activities being carried out are preliminary activities that have no impact or only a minor impact on the land, or more advanced activities. They can also vary depending on whether the landholder is the owner or occupier of the land.
There are also special requirements that restrict access around certain buildings, structures and areas.
Land access requirements are set out in:
- Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014
- Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Regulation 2016
- Land Access Code 2016.
They apply to all resource authorities granted in Queensland, with a few exceptions. Some do not apply to mining claims and mining leases, which have land access compensation and conditions negotiated as part of the application process. Only some of the requirements apply to prospecting permits, as specific land access provisions, including provisions related to entry notices and landholder consent, apply to this resource authority type.
This guide outlines Queensland's private land access requirements and explains who they apply to.
If you aren't sure about your legal obligations and responsibilities, you should seek independent legal advice.