The Commissioner for Resources Safety and Health is an independent advisor to the government and is appointed by the Governor in Council under the Resources Safety and Health Queensland Act 2020.
Role of the Commissioner
The Commissioner's main functions are to:
- advise the Minister for Resources on matters relating to safety and health in the resources sector
- respond to requests by the Minister for advice on particular matters
- fulfil the roles of chair of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee and the Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee
- engage with representatives of the explosives sector and petroleum and gas sector about promoting and protecting the safety and health of people who may be affected by the operation of those sectors
- monitor, review and report to the Minister on the performance of the regulator.
The interim Commissioner is Andrew Clough. Andrew has more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry across Australia, Africa, Papua New Guinea and North America, including working in underground operations and surface operations in both the coal sector and the mineral mining sector.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering—Mining with First Class Honours, a Master of Applied Science—Mining Geomechanics, and Master of Business Administration. He also holds statutory mine managers certificates for both coal and mineral mines.
Andrew has held senior operational roles, technical roles and executive roles throughout his career. He previously held the role of Chief Inspector of Mines in Queensland from 2013 to 2015 and was a board member of the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry into a serious accident at the Grosvenor mine.
As a miner himself, Andrew has a passion for improving resources safety and health and is committed to improving safety culture by encouraging cooperation through tripartite consultation and collaboration.
Last updated: 20 Nov 2020