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Land Access Hub

As a landholder, you may be approached by a resource tenure holder that wants to conduct activities on your property.

What happens next?

Queensland Law Society has compiled some useful information below on your options.

Legal advice

If you need the help of a solicitor, Queensland Law Society’s Find a Solicitor service will connect you with a lawyer who deals in land access.

On the Find a Solicitor page, select the category ‘Natural Resources & Mining – Land Access’ from the Area of Law drop down menu.

For assistance using this service please phone us on 1300 367 757.

Negotiation

For all resources tenures other than mining leases, the resources tenure holder may want to negotiate an agreement with you that allows the conduct of resources activities, variously known as conduct and compensation agreements (“CCAs”), deferral agreements and opt-out agreements. For mining leases, they are known as compensation agreements.  These are all very important documents that will attach to the title of your land.  They bind all future owners (and often all other occupiers as well) so buyers will be vitally interested in what you have agreed to. Your mortgagee or bank, lessees or agistees also may need to be consulted as a part of this process as they also have an interest in your land.

The law in this area is complex and not widely understood. It is possible to unwittingly give away very important legal rights if you do not understand this area of law. The Society strongly advises that you get independent legal advice before entering into a compensation agreement, deferral agreement or opt-out agreement.

The importance of getting legal assistance is recognised by the legislation in the area. The Queensland Government has specifically legislated that the resource tenure holder is obliged to pay for the legal fees which are reasonable and necessarily incurred to help you negotiate such agreements.

Useful links

There are also a number of useful sites and/or sources of information that can give you help in understanding the issues your lawyer will want to discuss with you, and that are important to consider before you embark on these negotiations.

Department of Natural Resources

Compensation for land access

Resources and contacts for landholders

Mining lease application notices

Gasfields Commission

Land Access Checklist for Landholders

Don Stiller’s Ready Reckoner – land access negotiation

Queensland Farmers Federation

Mining & Agriculture



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