Mines and explosives safety and health fee and census

The mines and explosives safety and health fee (the fee) funds the safety and health services provided by the Queensland Government to the mining, quarrying and explosives operations across the state.

Census reporting requirements and payment of the fee applies to operations regulated by the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 and the Explosives Act 1999.

What the fee is used for

The fee funds safety and health services including:

  • safety and health inspections and audits
  • investigation of mine/quarry and explosives accidents
  • provision of safety and health advice
  • collection and maintenance of mine employee health records
  • dessemination of mining and explosives safety and health standards
  • research, development and training in mining and explosives safety and health
  • provision of emergency services
  • collection and reporting of safety and health statistics.

When to report census data

Mining and quarrying operations

Mines and quarries are required to complete a Queensland mining and quarrying industry census form once they site operations commence. If you hold a current resource authority but have not yet started operations on site, there is no requirement for you to submit a census form.

The requirement to report does not apply to mines operated under a mining tenure that is a prospecting permit and mining claim.

For more information, download a diagram of the safety and health fee reporting cycle for mines (PDF, 444KB).

For other non-fee reporting requirements, read more about safety reporting for metalliferous mines and quarries and safety reporting for coal mines.

Transfer of operator obligations – mining and quarrying operations

If you have taken over as the operator on a mining or quarrying site, you are obliged to ensure you have obtained the worker data from the previous operator so you can complete the census form/s for the relevant reporting period.

Explosives and fireworks industries

Certain explosives and fireworks licence holders that are regulated by the Explosives Act 1999 are required to complete the Queensland explosives and fireworks industry census form.

The requirement to report does not apply to holders of authorities listed under section 177A of the Explosives Regulation 2017. If you hold multiple authorities, you are to report only on those authorities relevant.

The fee also applies to interstate companies operating a service in Queensland. It does not include any staff on, or at, an explosives operation regulated by a safety and health authority outside of Queensland. Workers to be counted are those working under the authority of the licence.

For other non-fee reporting requirements, read more about reporting requirements for explosives and fireworks industries.

Keeping records on worker numbers

Operators and licence holders are required to keep records of safety and health census information for 7 years. Records kept must be sufficient to enable the accuracy of information provided in a safety and health census to be easily verified.

Paying the fee

From 1 July 2020, the mines and explosives safety and health fee changed from annual invoicing to quarterly invoicing for operators who report more than 5 workers in a quarter.

Annual invoices are still issued to operators who, based on submitted annual census form data, are liable to pay the fee.

The fee rates vary according to the number of workers at the operation (see the tables below for details).

Submitting your census form and fee amounts

Census forms are submitted online using the appropriate link in the tables below. Instructions outlining what information is required are provided within the census forms

Quarterly census forms are due within 20 days of the end of the quarter. Annual census forms are due on 20 July. A late fee applies to submissions received after the due date.

The rate used to calculate the fee is reviewed annually in line with the government indexation rate.

Mining and quarrying industries

Mining and quarrying
requirements
5 workers or less 6 to 10 workers 11 workers or moreCensus reporting requirements
Quarterly fee Exempt from a fee $30.35 (excl. GST) per person $240.90 (excl. GST) per person Complete the quarterly census
Annual fee Exempt from a fee $121.40 (excl. GST) per person $964.00 (excl. GST) per person Complete the annual census

Explosives and fireworks industries

Explosives and fireworks
requirements
5 workers or less 6 to 10 workers 11 workers or moreCensus reporting requirements
Quarterly fee Exempt from a fee $30.35 (excl. GST) per person $240.90 (excl. GST) per person Complete the quarterly census
Annual fee Exempt from a fee $121.40 (excl. GST) per person $964.00 (excl. GST) per person Complete the annual census

Contact us

For more information about the fee, contact:

Safety and Health Fee Unit
Resources Safety and Health Queensland
GPO Box 1321
BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Phone: (07) 3199 8019 or (07) 3199 8014
Office hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
Email: safetyandhealthfee@rshq.qld.gov.au

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