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Area relinquishment or surrender for coal and minerals

A new minerals and coal reporting practice direction will be released in late August or early September 2020. Until it is released, the current reporting requirements and formats still apply.

Reports and data previously lodged in QDEX Reports must now be lodged in the GSQ Lodgement Portal.

You must lodge a report whenever you relinquish or surrender areas from your exploration permit, mineral development licence or coal or oil shale mining lease. This includes partial or final relinquishment of the resource authority.

Each report must provide a full technical summary of the authorised activities, including maps, and a digital copy of all geochemical and geophysical surveying data.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland resources legislation. Download a flowchart of reporting requirements for area relinquishment (PDF, 127KB).

Resource authorities this applies to

  • Exploration permit for coal or minerals
  • Mineral development licence
  • Mining lease for coal or oil shale

How to lodge your notices and reports

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

  • refer to the legislation (references in the tables below)
  • read about lodging reports into the GSQ Lodgement Portal.

Exploration permit for coal or minerals

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Partial relinquishment report
(MRA1 s. 141(1)(e) MRR2 s. 16)
Within 2 months after the reduction takes effect

Upload report to the GSQ Lodgement Portal

For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), email GSQOpenData@dnrme.qld.gov.au for assistance

Final report
(MRA s. 141(1)(e) MRR s. 17)
Within 2 months after the exploration permit ends

Upload report to the GSQ Lodgement Portal

For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), email GSQOpenData@dnrme.qld.gov.au for assistance

1MRA: Mineral Resources Act 1989
2MRR: Mineral Resources Regulation 2013

Mineral development licence

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Partial surrender report
(MRA1 s. 194(1)(e) MRR2 s. 16)
Within 2 months after the reduction takes effect

Upload report to the GSQ Lodgement Portal

For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), email GSQOpenData@dnrme.qld.gov.au for assistance

Final report
(MRA s. 194(1)(e) MRR s. 17)
Within 2 months after the mineral development licence ends

Upload report to the GSQ Lodgement Portal

For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), email GSQOpenData@dnrme.qld.gov.au for assistance

1MRA: Mineral Resources Act 1989
2MRR: Mineral Resources Regulation 2013

Mining lease for coal or oil shale

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Relinquishment report
(MRA1 s. 318CX)
After partial relinquishment

Upload report to the GSQ Lodgement Portal

For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), email GSQOpenData@dnrme.qld.gov.au for assistance

Surrender report
(MRA s. 318CY)
With surrender application

Upload report to the GSQ Lodgement Portal

For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), email GSQOpenData@dnrme.qld.gov.au for assistance

1MRA: Mineral Resources Act 1989

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