The Queensland Government committed to a post-implementation review of the SSRC Act, starting within 18 months to two years of the Act commencement. The review is required to be completed within three years of the SSRC Act commencement.
The Office of the Coordinator-General is undertaking the review, with assistance from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. The review is being conducted in consultation with the Office of Best Practice Regulation, part of the Queensland Productivity Commission, which supports agencies to apply effective and rigorous regulatory impact analysis and consultation to inform policy development.
The terms of reference sets out the scope of the review.
The TOR addresses the Office of Best Practice Regulation’s requirements described in the Queensland Government Guide to Better Regulation (2019).
The review examines the actual observed impacts of the SSRC Act, including:
- the costs and benefits of the Act since its implementation and any unintended consequences on the government, community and industry
- the effectiveness of the Act in meeting its object of ensuring that residents of communities in the vicinity of large resource projects benefit from the construction and operation of these projects.
The review has gathered data through extensive engagement with stakeholders affected by the SSRC Act throughout Queensland. The original timeframe for stakeholder engagement has been extended to accommodate the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on stakeholders’ capacity to participate in the review.
The Office of the Coordinator-General completed the first stage of consultation in 2020, which consisted of targeted stakeholder engagement through structured interviews and an online survey. The key consultation findings and draft recommendations on the future of the SSRC Act have been presented in a Consultation Report, which was released for public comment for 12 weeks. The public comment period closed on 30 April 2021 and the Office of the Coordinator-General is now considering submissions received.
Frequently asked questions
The object of the Act is to ensure 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.
The Act’s three key elements, which came into effect on 30 March 2018, are:
- prohibition of 100% fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforces
- fair employment opportunities for locals
- enforcing social impact assessments for large resource projects.
The Government is reviewing the SSRC Act in a process known as a post-implementation review to assess how effective it has been for regional communities.
The Office of the Coordinator-General is leading this review, with assistance from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General and in consultation with the Office of Best Practice Regulation, which is part of the Queensland Productivity Commission.
The Decision (Final) Review Report may be used to:
- suggest potential amendments to the SSRC Act
- suggest non-legislative actions to support the object of the SSRC Act.
Our key deliverables and anticipated timeframes are:
- publish the final terms of reference* – July 2020
- release the Consultation Review Report – Q1 2021
- release the Decision (Final) Review Report – Q2 2021.
*The TOR was first published in February 2020 and subsequently revised to include extended timeframes to accommodate COVID-19 constraints.
For further information about the review, please email the review team at SSRCPIR@coordinatorgeneral.qld.gov.au
Last updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2021