Petroleum and gas safety and health fee

About the safety and health fee

The petroleum and gas safety and health fee funds the safety and health services that the Queensland Government provides to the petroleum and gas industries.

What the safety and health fee covers

The safety and health fee covers the costs of the Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate's 'safety and health' regulatory services for petroleum and gas activities across Queensland.

This includes:

  • providing a 24-hour emergency response service
  • developing safety and health policies and engagement with stakeholders to provide advice
  • conducting inspections and audits relating to petroleum and gas activities
  • investigating petroleum and gas accidents
  • responding to complaints, dangerous situations and emergencies
  • researching, developing and facilitating petroleum and gas safety and health best practice
  • delivering petroleum and gas safety initiatives to improve industry safety performance
  • facilitating and participating in national petroleum and gas committees and reform agendas.

How the safety and health fee is calculated

The annual safety and health fee is calculated using information received in the petroleum and gas safety and health fee return form. Data from the previous financial year is used to invoice the safety and health fee for the current financial year.

The safety and health fee varies based on the size, complexity, and risk level of your operation. Refer to the Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018 for details of how the fee is calculated.

Who pays the safety and health fee

A liable person that must submit a return form and pay a fee is defined in s. 155 of the Regulation. A person who is not liable to pay the fee is defined in s. 156.

All liable persons, including interstate companies, who conduct petroleum and gas and related operations in Queensland that are regulated by the Regulation are required to complete the return form and pay the safety and health fee.

About the return form

Liable entities are required to annually complete the return form in accordance with s. 157 of the Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018. The return form is then assessed in accordance with legislation to determine if you are liable to pay the safety and health fee.

The return form is due by 31 July each year. If the return form is not submitted on time a late fee will be applied under schedule 6, part 3(16) of the Regulation.

If you belong to more than one fee category, you must complete the return form with each category in which you are liable. You will be charged the appropriate safety and health fee for each category in one invoice.

Instructions about how to complete the return form are built into the form below.

Complete the return form

The return form for new operations

The safety and health fee applies to any new plant or activities undertaken in the financial year. If a person becomes liable within a financial year, they must lodge a return form after the end of the relevant financial year and will be invoiced accordingly.

Incorrect return form submitted

If you have submitted an incorrect return form, please contact our office. You may be required to resubmit the return form. If it’s determined that the fee has been overpaid, you will be refunded in accordance with s. 165 of the Regulation.

When to pay the safety and health fee

The safety and health fee is invoiced by 10 November and must be paid by 10 December.

A late fee is payable if the safety and health fee is not paid by the due date. In addition, if the invoice is not paid by the prescribed date, interest will be applied at the rate of 15% per year. The interest is calculated as simple interest.

Refer to the invoice for payment method details.

2021–22 costs estimate

Each year, we are required to publish forward estimates of the costs of undertaking safety and health activities for each relevant category of liable person for the financial year.

The table below shows the estimated costs for relevant fee categories where the capping formula applies (categories 1–4, 6 and 7) for the invoices to be issued in the 2021–22 financial year.

Petroleum and gas safety and health fee 2020–21 costs estimate
Fee categoryTitle Liable person Fee rate 2020–21 Estimated fee rate 2021–221 Calculated capped costs 2021–22 FY
1 Drilling wells Operators of plant used to drill the well Per km $1,579 Per km $1,607 $603,281
2 Well completion or maintenance work Operators of work-over rigs Per well $297.20 Per well $302.50 $638,460
3 Exploration Holders of exploration tenures Per sub-block $2.55 Per sub-block $2.60 $177,952
4 Producing petroleum under a petroleum lease Holders of petroleum production lease Per well $1,628 Per well $1,657 $3,901,572
6 Greenhouse gas (GHG) storage projects Operators of GHG storage facilities Per project $13,638 Per project $13,883 $0.002
7 Pipelines Operators of pipelines Per pipeline index $0.0003953 Per pipeline index $0.0004024 $980,460

1The estimated fee rate for 2021–22 has been increased by this year's standard Queensland Government indexation rate of 1.8%.
2Currently no industry activity in this category.

Contact us

For more information about the safety and health fee, contact:

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

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

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