Transferring ownership of a water monitoring bore

You must notify us before transferring the ownership of a water monitoring bore to another resource authority holder or a landowner.

Resource authorities this applies to

  • Mineral development licence
  • Mining lease
  • Water monitoring authority

Permitted transfers

Water monitoring bores can be transferred to:

  • the State of Queensland
  • a landowner if the bore is on the landowner's land
  • a holder of a mineral development licence, mining lease or water monitoring authority if the bore is in the area of the transferee's resource authority.

Obligation to decommission

The owner of a water monitoring bore on a mineral development licence, mining lease or water monitoring authority must decommission the bore if:

  • the licence, lease or authority on which the bore is constructed ends and the bore is not transferred
  • or
  • the land on which the bore is located is no longer in the area of the licence, lease or authority.

The bore must be plugged and abandoned in accordance with Minimum construction requirements for water bores in Australia (PDF, 2.8MB).

How to lodge your notices

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help refer to the legislation (references in the table below).

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
MMOL-43 – Notification of transfer of water injection, monitoring, observation or supply bore
(MRA1 Chapter ss. 334ZZO, 334ZZP, 334ZZQ)
Before transfer Post or email notice to the relevant mines assessment hub
MMOL-44 – Notice of decommissioning a well, water observation bore, water monitoring bore or water supply bore
(MRA1 s. 334ZZS, MRR2 s. 31D)
After decommissioning Post or email notice to the relevant mines assessment hub

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

Contact

General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)