Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:
The Act provides for the appointment of Mining Registrars, Deputy Mining Registrars and other authorised officers who have extensive powers to investigate breaches of the Act. These include entry and search of property and seizure of equipment and of minerals produced without authority.
Failure to comply with directions of an authorised officer may incur a substantial fine.
A substantial fine may be imposed or a licence, permit or lease cancelled if the conditions under which it was issued are contravened.
Cases of illegal mining are prosecuted in the Land Court of Queensland.
Review or Appeal Mechanisms:
Appeals against directions by a Mining Registrar, Deputy Mining Registrar, or other authorised officer can be made to the Land Court of Queensland.
An appeal against a decision made by the Tribunal may be made to the District Court.
A challenge to the validity of a grant of a mining lease by the Governor in Council may be heard in the Supreme Court.
Decisions on determinations for compensation to landowners may be reviewed by the Land Court.