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