Minerals and coal reporting requirements
In 2019 we released a draft revised reporting guideline, with reporting templates, for minerals and coal resource holders.
The guideline and templates are being improved in consultation with industry and will be brought into effect as a new reporting practice direction, scheduled for release in mid-September 2020.
The direction applies to annual and final reports, partial relinquishment and partial surrender reports, and expenditure statements.
The changes to reporting requirements are dependent on proposed amendments to the Mineral Resources Regulation 2013.
The final reporting practice direction (with templates) will be published online when it is available for use.
Note: Until the new industry reporting practice directions are released, the current reporting requirements still apply. However, reports and data will need to be lodged in the new GSQ Lodgement Portal from 3 August 2020 (instead of QDEX Reports).
GSQ Lodgement Portal
The new GSQ Lodgement Portal provides a streamlined way for resource authority holders to lodge statutory reports and data, using the new industry reporting templates.
The new portal replaces the QDEX Reports system.
Improving data quality
The changes to reporting requirements are designed to improve the quality of geoscience data for the long-term benefit of industry.
Key aspects include:
- provision of more granular data by industry
- removal of some provisions within existing regulation that are no longer relevant or required
- use of standardised lodgement templates
- expansion of data reporting to support government resource stewardship duties, particularly in resource, reserve and production terms.
Data confidentiality changes
Following consultation with industry, the confidentiality period for minerals and coal exploration reports and data will change to 5 years (instead of life of tenure).
The change is dependent on proposed amendments to the Mineral Resources Regulation 2013.
In recognition of the change, minerals and coal authority holders have a once-only, optional opportunity to resubmit exploration data reported prior to 3 August 2020 to remove potentially sensitive or commercial-in-confidence information. The resubmitted report data must follow the rules and templates mandated by the new reporting practice direction.
Learn more about the data confidentiality changes.
Find out more
- Find out about the Geoscience Data Modernisation Project - changes to reporting requirements are linked to this project.
- Subscribe to the Geoscience Data Modernisation Project newsletter.
- Read about your reporting obligations and how to lodge statutory reports and notices.
- If you need help or to would like to provide feedback, please email the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) email@example.com.
Last reviewed 03 August 2020