Department of Resources release draft Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan

The Department of Resources have released the draft Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP) for consultation. The draft QRIDP sets out key focus areas and actions that, once achieved, will give Queensland a resilient, responsible and sustainable resources industry that grows as it transforms.

The draft plan outlines global challenges and changes facing the resources industry, opportunities for industry growth and diversification, the industry’s lead role in Queensland’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the collaboration and commitments required by government and industry in order to achieve this vision.

Consultation feedback will be used with other engagement results, research and analysis to create the final QRIDP which is due to be released by mid-2022.

Consultation on the draft plan closes 11 February 2022.

Who are the GasFields Commission Queensland?

Established as an independent statutory body in 2013, the Commission’s purpose is to manage and improve the sustainable coexistence of landholders, regional communities and the onshore gas industry in Queensland. The Commission manages sustainable coexistence in petroleum and gas producing regions of Queensland, and will continue to do so as the industry expands into new and emerging basins.

Our vision is to achieve thriving communities in areas of gas development that are free from discord and supported by well-informed, respectful and balanced stakeholder relationships.

One way the Commission is endeavouring to realise this vision is by providing transparency and independent assurances that the onshore gas industry is appropriately regulated and held to account when needed. This in turn will help cultivate sustainable coexistence, whilst ensuring community and landholder confidence in the regulators and gas industry increases.

Drawing on its wealth of experience in the development of the gas industry and by collaborating with other relevant entities, the Commission provides a range of support to communities and landholders, primarily through education and engagement. These education and engagement activities occur with individual landholders via Commission facilitated webinars, information sessions, publications (The Gas Guide, Shared Landscapes Reports), face-to-face meetings and public workshops.

It should be noted that the Commission does not engage in individual negotiations between landholders and gas companies, but rather provides communities and landholders with the information and support they need to make informed decisions and achieve good outcomes.