Land access in Queensland
In countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada, the community owns the resources – i.e. minerals, natural gas – below the surface.
Developing these resources is in the public interest but must also be done in a way which respects the existing land uses.
In Queensland, land access is governed by well-established rules refined over time in consultation with the agriculture and resources industries.
Information on Queensland’s Land Access Code can be found here.
Until a land access agreement has been negotiated, resource companies cannot enter a property.
Companies, government agencies, legal firms, the Queensland Gasfields Commission and the state’s peak farming body AgForce all make information available to land owners to help them understand and protect their interests in land access negotiations.
Companies pay land owners for their costs of legal representation.