The Queensland State Government has passed the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (Qld). The Bill introduces a raft of changes, including the charge of industrial manslaughter outside of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) for fatalities arising from criminal recklessness or gross negligence by a PCBU or a senior officer.
Industrial manslaughter provisions will now be inserted into the following legislation:
– Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld),
– Explosives Act 1999 (Qld),
– Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld), and
– Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld).
A copy of the Bill can be located: https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pdf/bill.first/bill-2019-043