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Queensland has developed a comprehensive and effective set of legislation for mining. Rehabilitation is a
relatively late addition to the legislation and although it first appeared about 60 years ago, few mines had
legislative obligations to undertake rehabilitation until the 1980s and it did not become mandatory until
1990. This paper examines the reasons rehabilitation requirements have become significant and why they are
still changing. It also shows how this has been reflected in the legislation and comments on available
measures of the area of rehabilitation and the lack of information on the quality of rehabilitation.
Experiments with self-regulation in the 1990s do not appear to have fostered a desire to undertake
rehabilitation. Recent legislative changes have provided opportunities for getting better rehabilitation and
completing it as early as possible. The constraining factors are cost and the levels of technical knowledge
about rehabilitation in both the mining companies and the regulators. The current effort is directed towards
technical and procedural guidelines to provide greater certainty in decision-making.
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