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Natural resources compliance framework

We monitor landholder compliance with land management, vegetation management and water management laws using a range of measures. Our compliance approach is proactive, focusing on early intervention and applying a rigorous framework to address non-compliance matters transparently.

The Natural resources compliance framework Queensland 2016-19 (PDF, 478.5KB) guides our delivery of consistent and professional compliance activities.

We work with industry and the community to ensure compliance, using education and support. This includes providing advice by phone, field days to explain legislation changes and information sheets.

However, if there is a deliberate disregard for the relevant laws, we will take proportionate and appropriate compliance action. Responses range from warnings, statutory tools (e.g. a stop-work or restoration notice, penalty infringement notices (PINs)) and prosecutions.

We assess all the facts and circumstances of non-compliance. The following are considered when we respond to the non-compliance:

  • the seriousness of the impact on the natural resource caused by the non-compliance and its reversibility
  • the benefit the alleged offender stands to gain from the non-compliance
  • the intent of the alleged offender and actions following the non-compliance
  • the likelihood of a non-compliance re-occurring and if there is a history of non-compliant behaviour
  • the likely administrative costs of any compliance action/s to be taken, and whether a particular response is cost-effective and will achieve public benefit
  • the effectiveness of a response in achieving the desired result under the circumstances.

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Last updated: 29 November 2017


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