Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 - Queensland

Service summary

To promote and secure the safe operation of coal mines and to reduce risks to the health and safety of coal mineworkers.

The Act provides a framework for the monitoring and inspecting of health and safety systems at coal mines.

It further provides a means by which the competency of supervisors at coal mines may be recognised and requires the provision of management structures that competently supervise the safe operation of coal mines.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2001

(Copies of legislation are also available from the Southern Regional office)

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

Departmental Policies (covers a range of subjects dealing with health and safety in coal mines).

Recognised Standards:

  • underground inspections
  • electrical
  • non flameproof diesel vehicles
  • stone dust
  • risk management practices
  • criteria for the assessment of drugs
  • explosion protection of diesel engines.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

An inspector may enter, inspect and examine any coal mine and order any defect or dangerous practice to be remedied.

There is a published Formal Compliance Policy which incorporates the procedure up to and including prosecution in court.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

There is a right of appeal to the Chief Inspector against decisions by inspectors. The Chief Inspector's decisions can be appealed to the Industrial Court.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Mine Safety and Health
Mines Inspectorate

Contact details

Chief Inspector of Coal Mines
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Mine Safety and Health
Mines Inspectorate


13 QGOV (13 74 68)

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