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Land Access Ombudsman

The Land Access Ombudsman Bill 2017 was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 7 September  2017.  

The recruitment of the Land Access Ombudsman will occur over the coming months, with the Office of the Land Access Ombudsman to be operational in 2018.  

Role of the Land Access Ombudsman

The Land Access Ombudsman will be an independent, impartial body to help landholders and resource companies resolve alleged breaches of conduct and compensation agreements and make good agreements.

This service will be available to:

  • the owners or occupiers of private land and resource authority holders who have a conduct and compensation agreement
  • the owners of an impaired bore and resource tenure holders who have a make good agreement.

The Land Access Ombudsman will be able to:

  • facilitate the resolution of referred disputes that are within its jurisdiction
  • give advice to the parties and make non-binding recommendations as to how a dispute could be resolved
  • recommend the relevant department investigate a possible offence, or a possible breach of a resource authority that is related to land access.

Find out more

View the Land Access Ombudsman Bill 2017 (PDF) and the explanatory notes (PDF).

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Last updated: 29 November 2017


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