Land Access Code
Resource companies must comply with the mandatory provisions of the Land Access Code when on private land to carry out authorised activities.
The Code sets out:
- coexistence principles that reflect minimum expectations for behaviours between resource companies and landholders
- best practice guidelines for communicating and negotiating with landholders
- mandatory conditions about conduct when entering and carrying out authorised activities on private land.
These mandatory conditions cannot be altered or waived by agreement with the landholder. All parties are encouraged to comply with the Code's best practice recommendations.
The coexistence principles have been developed and included following extensive consultation with stakeholders. These principles will support stronger relationships between resources companies and landholders by setting government's expectations in relation to coexistence behaviours.
In addition, minor editorial amendments have been made to the Code. These amendments do not result in any changes to policy or the Code's mandatory conditions.
Who this applies to
The Code sets out government's expectations for the behaviours and best practice guidelines for communicating and negotiating with all resource authority holders and landholders. It also imposes mandatory conditions about conduct when entering and carrying out authorised activities on private land.
The Code's mandatory conditions about how authorised activities are carried out on private land apply to most resource authorities, including:
- exploration permits and mineral development licences under the Mineral Resources Act 1989
- petroleum authorities under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004
- 1923 Act petroleum tenures under the Petroleum Act 1923
- geothermal authorities under the Geothermal Energy Act 2010
- greenhouse gas storage authorities under the Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2009.
However, the mandatory provisions of the Code do not apply to holders of prospecting permits, mining claims or mining leases under the Mineral Resources Act 1989.
Mandatory conditions of conduct
The Code's mandatory conditions set out how resource companies must behave with regards to:
- induction training of staff and contractors
- access points, roads and tracks
- livestock and property
- weeds and pests
- items brought onto land
- gates, grids and fences.
Key contacts and further information
- Business Queensland (this website)
- Department of Resources Engagement, Assessment and Compliance Hub – phone 137 107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- A guide to land access in Queensland (PDF, 1.9MB)
- My Mines Online helpline – (07) 3199 8133
- Gasfields Commission Queensland
- Land Access Ombudsman
- Queensland Law Society – find a solicitor
- Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment
- Department of Environment and Science – land access
- Find out about lodging land access notifications for coal and mineral activities and land access notifications for petroleum and gas activities.
- Make an enquiry or complaint about land access.
- Read details about land access requirements in A guide to land access in Queensland (PDF, 1.9MB).