The Queensland Government committed to a post-implementation review of the SSRC Act, starting within 18 months to two years of the Act commencement. The review is required to be completed within three years of the SSRC Act commencement.
The Office of the Coordinator-General is undertaking the review, with assistance from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. The review is being conducted in consultation with the Office of Best Practice Regulation, part of the Queensland Productivity Commission, which supports agencies to apply effective and rigorous regulatory impact analysis and consultation to inform policy development.
The terms of reference sets out the scope of the review.
The TOR addresses the Office of Best Practice Regulation’s requirements described in the Queensland Government Guide to Better Regulation (2019).
The review will examine the actual observed impacts of the SSRC Act, including:
- the costs and benefits of the Act since its implementation and any unintended consequences on the government, community and industry
- the effectiveness of the Act in meeting its object of ensuring that residents of communities in the vicinity of large resource projects benefit from the construction and operation of these projects.
The review is gathering data through extensive engagement with stakeholders affected by the SSRC Act throughout Queensland. The original timeframe for stakeholder engagement has been extended to accommodate the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on stakeholders’ capacity to participate in the review.
The first stage of consultation, which included targeted stakeholder consultation through structured interviews and an online survey has been completed. The findings of the consultation will be presented in a report, which is planned to be released for public comment in November 2020.
Frequently asked questions
The object of the Act is to ensure that residents of communities near large resource projects benefit from the construction and operation of those projects.
Under the Act large resource projects are those resource projects for which an environmental impact statement is required, or that hold a site-specific environmental authority and have 100 or more workers.
The Act’s three key elements, which came into effect on 30 March 2018, are:
- prohibition of 100% fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforces
- fair employment opportunities for locals
- enforcing social impact assessments for large resource projects.
The Government is reviewing the SSRC Act in a process known as a post-implementation review to assess how effective it has been for regional communities.
The Office of the Coordinator-General is leading this review, with assistance from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General and in consultation with the Office of Best Practice Regulation, which is part of the Queensland Productivity Commission.
Since February 2020, we have engaged with local governments and other stakeholders directly affected by the SSRC Act including owners of large resource projects such as mining and gas projects, businesses that work directly with these projects, and representative bodies and community members. Consultation has now been completed and we are working on a report detailing the findings of the consultation. Any interested stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback in November 2020, when the report is released for public comment.
The first stage of consultation occurred from February to late August 2020; and included targeted stakeholder consultation through structured interviews and an online survey. We have been asking stakeholders about their experiences and views on the roll-out of the Act and the effect on community, industry and government.
The second stage of consultation will occur in November 2020. At this time the draft consultation report is anticipated to be available for public comment for 28 days on the Get Involved and the Queensland Productivity Commission websites.
Submissions and feedback received from the public on the draft consultation report will be reviewed and considered in finalising the review report.
The Decision (Final) Review Report may be used to:
- suggest potential amendments to the SSRC Act
- suggest non-legislative actions to support the object of the SSRC Act.
Our key deliverables and anticipated timeframes are:
- publish the final terms of reference* – July 2020
- release the Consultation Review Report – November 2020
- release the Decision (Final) Review Report – March 2021.
*The TOR was first published in February 2020 and subsequently revised to include extended timeframes to accommodate COVID-19 constraints.
Last updated: Friday, Sep 18, 2020