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New online permit system slashes turnaround times for QLD mining

20 August, 2015

Queensland's multi-billion dollar mining industry has done away with resource permit paperwork thanks to the state's world-leading online permit system.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today officially announced the completion of the MyMinesOnline project that has slashed turnaround times by up to 80 per cent.

"This is a real game changer for industry compared to the old days when paper forms had to be lodged over the counter," Lynham said.

"MyMinesOnline now allows coal, mineral, petroleum and gas companies operating in Queensland to lodge applications for 72 different resource permit transactions electronically.

"This makes Queensland even more competitive globally when it comes to attracting the mining and exploration investment that we need to generate jobs."

Speaking at an event to mark the project's completion,Lynham said the average time to grant an exploration permit for minerals has been cut by 58 per cent since December 2010.

"Exploration permit applications were taking an average 22 months to process through the old over-the-counter paper lodgement system," Lynham said.

"Today, exploration permit applications lodged through MyMinesOnline can be dealt with in less than six months if a native title process is not required.

"MyMinesOnline has become one of the most advanced natural resources permit lodgement, management and assessment systems in the world, which shows Queensland is open for business."

The project started under the Labor Government in 2011 and already more than 1600 industry customers are using it.

Lynham said the system was available globally, around-the-clock and was cutting turnover times across the board.

Processing improvements include:

  • A Mineral Development Licence processed and granted in a record five weeks
  • Renewals and transfers of permits involving a new party times cut by 72 per cent
  • Time to register agreements between landholder and mining parties reduced by 80 per cent

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