The Office of the Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health is established under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 and the relevant provisions commenced under this Act and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 on 1 July 2009. The functions of the Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health are to:
In addition, the Commissioner is required under section 73E(1) of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 to provide a report to the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy on the performance of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy in regulating mine safety.
The Queensland Mines Inspectorate forms part of the Resources Safety and Health division of the department and is primarily responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017, Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 and Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Regulation 2017. The inspectorate also advises, mentors and educates the mining industry about safety and health. The Occupational Health and Hygiene and Simtars business units of Resources Safety and Health are also responsible for enforcing certain aspects of the mine safety and health legislative framework. The activities of the department in the regulation of safety and health in the mining industry for 2018–19 are summarised in the body of this report. In addition, information on the operations of the Board of Examiners, the advisory committees and more comprehensive mining industry safety and health information can be obtained in the following reports:
These reports can be downloaded from the Queensland Government publications website at