Mining is a critical component of Queensland’s economy. It has diverse reserves of coal, minerals, and petroleum and coal seam gas. The environmental, economic and social impacts of mining activities can be significant.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is responsible for granting authorities to prospect and mining leases. The Department of Environment and Science is the administering authority, under the Environmental Protection Act 1994. It approves eligibility criteria and conditions for environmentally relevant activities, such as mining.

Poorly managed mining approvals can delay and add cost to mining companies and have subsequent economic and environmental impacts. 

Audit Objective

This audit will assess the effectiveness and efficiency of public sector entities in granting mining approvals.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Environment and Science
  • Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Parliamentary Committee
State Development, Tourism, Innovation and Manufacturing Committee
Audit status
Anticipated tabling: to be advised