The Gas Fields Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD) has passed parliament last week. The Bill introduces amendments to the statutory body known as the Gasfields Commission which will assists stakeholders during the expansion of onshore gas extraction in Queensland. The Bill largely reforms the governance powers and responsibilities of the pre-existing Gasfields Commission.
The Land Access Ombudsman Bill 2017 (QLD) has passed parliament and seeks to increase landholder power in negotiations with resource companies by establishing a dispute resolution ombudsman. Issues with regards to conduct, compensation agreements and make good agreements will all fall under the jurisdiction of the ombudsman. Submissions are currently being received by the Committee.
The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (QLD) has passed parliament and introduces a state-based labour hire licensing scheme that applies to all labour hire providers operating in Queensland. To obtain a licence, a labour hire provider must satisfy a fit and proper person test. Licence renewal occurs annually. The scheme requires that labour hire hold a licence to operate in Queensland. This is reinforced by permitting businesses that use labour hire services to only contract with licenced providers that will be listed on a public register. The Queensland Government has conceded that the most efficient system for labour hire regulation would be a national scheme however this has not yet been developed. The bill can be read here.
Queensland has banned the sale and giving of plastic bags from retailers under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD). The Bill introduces a financial penalty for retailers in breach of the law. The legislation also amends the beverage container refund scheme to encourage recycling across the state.
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