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29 Nov 12
New mine safety laws for NSW - other mining states to follow

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Jenny Nash, Director of Mine Safety Performance at the NSW Office of Resources and Energy, has confirmed at today’s NSW Minerals Industry 2012 Regional Health & Safety Conference in Dubbo, that Chapter 10 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (NSW) will be put before Parliament on 14 December 2012. The regulations will then be available to the public. McCullough Robertson will provide an overview of the legislation as soon as it comes to hand.

Also unveiled were a number of proposals about the new harmonised mining legislation to be adopted by New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.

The harmonised mining legislation is also set to be put formally to the state ministers in December 2012. Public consultation and industry input is proposed to follow with a planned commencement date of 1 July 2013.

A number of proposals which will be new for New South Wales include:

  • inclusion of metalliferous and coal mining to be covered by one piece of legislation (albeit distinctive sections relevant to coal, underground and other mining)
  • introduction of statutory position of site senior executive
  • new competency requirements which include a proposed five year renewal of competency certificates and requirements to maintain competencies, and
  • a requirement to have a Health Control Plan.

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