Nationally Consistent Mine Safety Legislation

The aim of the National Mine Safety Framework (NMSF) was to achieve a nationally consistent occupational health and safety (OHS) regime in the Australian mining industry.

A key element to achieving this was the development of nationally consistent mine safety legislation. As outlined in the NMSF Implementation Report, a set of drafting instructions and example clauses were developed, for each jurisdiction to use to amend existing mine safety legislation or regulations to deliver a nationally consistent approach.

This work was integrated with the Safe Work Australia development of model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws,  which commenced in April 2008 with the National Review into Model Occupational Health and Safety Laws. Draft model WHS (Mines) Regulations and a series of Codes of Practice for Mining were developed, based on the NMSF Drafting Instructions.

In May 2010, the then Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources agreed further "non-core" work would be prepared to supplement the model WHS (Mines) Regulations in the mine safety legislation of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, to ensure the maintenance of safety standards in the three states.

Ministers endorsed a set of "non-core" drafting instructions in August 2011, and in November 2011 signed an intergovernmental agreement outlining their commitment to ensure consistency in the adoption of the "non-core" drafting instructions and ongoing consistency over time.

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