The Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act 2017 (SSRC Act) ensures that residents of communities near large resource projects benefit from the construction and operation of those projects.

Under the Act large resource projects are those resource projects for which an environmental impact statement is required, or that hold a site-specific environmental authority and have 100 or more workers.

A nearby regional community is one that is within 125-kilometre radius of a large resource project and has a population of more than 200 residents.

For the legal definitions of large resource project and nearby regional community, please refer to the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act 2017.

Read more about the benefits for Queensland regional communities.

From 30 March 2018, the Act's three key elements commence:

  1. 100% fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) prohibition
  2. anti-discrimination
  3. social impact assessment

The three elements of the Act

100% FIFO prohibition

The SSRC Act prohibits the use of 100% fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce arrangements on operational large resource projects that have a nearby regional community.

These projects and communities are detailed in a list of large resource projects published by the Coordinator-General.

Project owners have a six-month transition period to achieve compliance with the 100% FIFO prohibition following publication of their details on the list.

Read more about the obligations for large resource projects.

Anti-discrimination provisions

Anti-discrimination provisions in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 and the SSRC Act also apply to all projects and communities on the published list of large resource projects from the commencement of the SSRC Act.

These provisions make it an offence for large resource projects to discriminate against locals in the future recruitment of workers.

If a person feels they have been discriminated against during the recruitment or termination process because they are a resident of a nearby regional community, they can lodge a complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.

Read more about the list of large resource projects.

Social impact assessment

Social impact assessment is now mandatory for environmental impact statements for large resource projects.

They must be prepared in accordance with a new social impact assessment guideline.

The SSRC Act ensures that the social impact assessment process is the same for all environmental impact statement processes under both the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

Read more about the Guideline for social impact assessment.

Why the SSRC Act was created

Next steps

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View large resource projects affected by the SSRC Act on the interactive map.