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Reporting changes for resource authorities

Updated reporting requirements for minerals and coal, and petroleum and gas authority holders came into effect on 1 October 2020. That date also marked commencement of changes, including retrospective changes, to confidentiality periods for minerals and coal exploration and resource authority reports.

To support those changes, industry reporting practice directions are to be followed and data submission templates to be used.

Reporting practice directions and templates

The practice directions and data submission templates are designed to improve the quality, usability and value of geoscience data submitted by resource authority holders.

The data submission templates ensure data is reported in a consistent and structured way, aligning with resources industry standards.

Download practice directions and templates

Minerals and coal activity reporting

The following documents are used for annual and final activity reports, partial relinquishment and partial surrender reports, and expenditure statements.

Information about reporting Coal Quarterly Statistics and Minerals Annual Statistics relating to production and sales is available on the Business Queensland website.

Petroleum and gas reporting

Use for well and bore, survey, petroleum and hydraulic fracturing activities

Lodging reports through the GSQ Lodgement Portal

The GSQ Lodgement Portal provides a streamlined way to lodge reports and data, in most cases now using data submission templates. The portal replaced the QDEX Reports system.

If a report is being lodged for multiple permits, it is a requirement that all permit numbers associated with the report are recorded in the lodgement screen.

Confidentiality period changes for minerals and coal

The confidentiality period for minerals and coal exploration and resource authority reports has changed to 5 years. Most reports and data older than 5 years will be eligible for public release on the GSQ Open Data Portal following rigorous quality assurance, unless authority holders nominated to resubmit report data during the designated nomination period. The nomination period is now closed.

The confidentiality of coal and mineral production and sales statistics remains unchanged with the change to submitting Coal Quarterly Statistics and Minerals Annual Statistics via the GSQ Lodgement Portal.

Contact us

If you need help with your lodgement or would like to provide feedback, please email gsqopendata@resources.qld.gov.au or phone +61 7 3199 8133.

Last reviewed: 03 June 2023