Bulletin - September 2016

Bulletin

Australia - National Heavy Vehicle Law - volumetric load capacity paper released
Tasmania - Construction Legislation - Building Regulatory Framework passed
QLD - Mining Legislation- Company and Director fined $300k for serious environmental harm

Australia - National Heavy Vehicle Law - volumetric load capacity paper released

The National Transport Commission is seeking comment on the Increasing heavy vehicle volumetric load capacity without increasing mass limits Issues paper. The paper discusses practical applications for heavy vehicles and options for physically increasing a vehicles’ volumetric capacity. It also considers the benefits, costs and barriers to volumetric increases, and stakeholder’s perspectives. Comments close 26 September 2016. Read more

Tasmania - Construction Legislation - Building Regulatory Framework passed

The TAS Government has passed the Occupational Licensing Amendment Bill 2016 and Building Bill 2016. The proposed legislation creates a risk-based approach to acquiring building approvals where low-risk work can be carried out without a permit. In particular, the Bills allow accreditation of builders, building designers, surveyors, architects, engineers and related occupations, and provides access to a stronger audit and compliance regime. It is expected that the new legislation will come into effect on 1 January 2017. Read more

QLD - Mining Legislation- Company and Director fined $300k for serious environmental harm

A North QLD mining company has been fined $250,000 and its Director, $50,000 for 12 offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, including willfully causing serious environmental harm, contravening an environmental protection order and contravening a transitional environmental program. The offences relate to the seepage of contaminated water from a catchment dam wall to the downstream receiving environment, from a mine site that was no longer active. The mine has been in maintenance mode since 1982. Read more here