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Environmental notifications and reports for coal and mineral activities

Use the menu below to find out about your environmental reporting and notification requirements for mining resource activities. Click on a heading to either expand or collapse the heading content. You should also read about environmental licences and permits.

Note: Holders of environmental authorities (EAs) that are not related to resource tenures should read about complying with an environmental authority.

Environmental harm and incident reporting

You have a duty to notify of environmental harm and to report certain events (including an emergency or incident) according to the specific conditions of your EA.

Note: You have additional obligations to notify of environmental harm if you are an owner or occupier of contaminated land. Your employees and auditors also have obligations to notify of environmental harm.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of all EAs for resource activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislationWhen to lodgeHow to lodge

Duty to notify of environmental harm (ESR/2015/2230) (DOCX, 128KB)
or
written notification with details of the event
(EP Act1 s. 320-320G)

Within 24 hours if an event occurs that causes or threatens environmental harm

Call 1300 130 372 and select option 2 'pollution'. Also provide written notification to Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science by either:

  • Email: pollutionhotline@des.qld.gov.au. Include 'Duty to notify of environmental harm' in the subject line
  • Fax: (07) 3330 5875. Include 'Duty to notify of environmental harm' in the subject line
  • Registered post: GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994

Annual return and fee

As the holder of an EA, you are required to pay an annual fee in advance each year and submit a completed annual return for the past year. The annual fee is payable on or before the anniversary of the day the EA took effect.

The process for submitting annual returns has changed.

  • The annual return will now be sent separately to your annual notice.
  • The reporting period for the annual return is no longer for the year up to and including the anniversary date of your EA. The new reporting period is 1 January to 31 December.
  • The annual return will be issued separately prior to the due date, which has changed to:
    • 1 March 2019, for EA holders with anniversaries in November and December 2018, and January and February 2019
    • 1 March 2020, for EA holders with an anniversary date from March 2019 onwards.

The annual return form also includes minor changes to the questions and to the rehabilitation and disturbance information required for resource activities.

Annual returns are sent separately to your annual notice.

The reporting period for annual returns is 1 January to 31 December (calendar year).

If you have registered with Connect:

  • the annual fee can be paid online using credit card
  • the annual return can be completed online.

You can register online through Connect.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of all EAs for resource activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge

Annual fee and return
(EP Act1 s. 316I)

You will be sent an annual notice containing lodgement information at least 20 business days before the anniversary day for the EA.

Annual returns will be due on:

  • 1 March 2019—for EA holders with anniversaries in November and December 2018, and January and February 2019
  • 1 March 2020—for EA holders with anniversaries from March 2019 onwards

Follow the lodgement details on the notice

Notify change of eligibility for reduced annual fee
(EP Reg2 s. 126, 132)

Within 10 business days of becoming aware of a change in eligibility for a reduced annual fee

Post or email written notice to:
Permit and Licence Management
Department of Environment and Science

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994
2EP Reg: Environmental Protection Regulation 2019

Plan of operations

There is no requirement for mining activities to continue to provide a plan of operations following commencement of the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Act 2018.

Relinquishment and surrender

When you intend to relinquish a resource authority, you should first surrender the relevant EA and submit a final rehabilitation report.

If you intend to relinquish only part of your resource authority, you should first apply for a partial surrender of your EA and complete a final rehabilitation report for the area to be relinquished. You may also choose to apply for an estimated rehabilitation cost (ERC) decision. If you were required to have a plan of operations, you must amend or replace your plan.

Note: If you are conditionally surrendering a resource authority in favour of a new resource authority you cannot surrender the relevant EA.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of all EAs for resource activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge

Application for surrender or partial surrender of an environmental authority for a resource activity (ESR/2015/1751) (DOCX, 171KB)
(EP Act1 s. 262)

When you surrender or partially surrender your EA

If prior to the cancellation or expiry of the resource authority, post or email to the relevant assessment hub

Otherwise, post or email to:
Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science

Amending surrender application
(EP Act s. 263)

Any time before the application is decided

Post or email written notification to:
Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science:

Final rehabilitation report with landowner statement (ESR/2015/1616) (DOCX, 168KB)
(EP Act s. 264)

With a surrender or partial surrender if the EA contains conditions about rehabilitation prior to the cancellation or expiry of your resource authority

Submit with an application to surrender an EA

Application for a decision on the estimated rehabilitation cost (ESR/2018/4426) (DOCX, 191KB)
(EP Act s. 298)

When you partially surrender your EA

Coal: Post or email to:
Coal Mining Business Centre, Department of Environment and Science

Minerals: Post or email to:
Minerals Mining Business Centre, Department of Environment and Science

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994

Progressive rehabilitation and certification

You can apply for rehabilitated areas of your tenure to be certified as having met the rehabilitation conditions of your EA and progressive rehabilitation and closure plan schedule. As part of an application for certification of progressive rehabilitation you must submit a progressive rehabilitation report.

When progressive rehabilitation areas are certified, you may be able to reduce the financial assurance held for the EA.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of all EAs for resource activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislationWhen to lodgeHow to lodge

Application for the certification of progressive rehabilitation (ESR/2015/1563) (DOCX, 195KB)
(EP Act1 s. 318ZD)

When you wish to apply for progressive rehabilitation certification

Post or email to:
Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science

Amending progressive certification application
(EP Act s. 318ZE)

Any time before the application is decided

Post or email written notification to:
Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science

Progressive rehabilitation report with landholder statement (ESR/2015/1616) (DOCX, 168KB)
(EP Act s. 318ZF)

With a progressive certification application

Submit with an application for the certification of progressive rehabilitation

Application for a decision on the estimated rehabilitation cost (ESR/2018/4426) (PDF, 966KB)
(EP Act s. 298)

When you partially surrender your EA

Coal: Post or email to:
Coal Mining Business Centre, Department of Environment and Science

Minerals: Post or email to:
Minerals Mining Business Centre, Department of Environment and Science:

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994

Further information

For help or enquiries contact the Department of Environment and Science.

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