Queensland Explosives and Fireworks Industry Safety and Health by pengxuezhi

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									Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation




                                                                 Queensland Explosives and Fireworks Industry
                                                                 Safety and Health Levy
                                                                 Frequently Asked Questions


                                                                What is the Safety and Health Levy?                  How will the fee be calculated?
                                                                The Safety and Health Levy is a fee charged by       The annual per-capita fee will be calculated
                                                                the Queensland Government for safety and             based on the budgeted cost of safety and health
                                                                health services provided by the State to mining,     services for the relevant financial year divided by
                                                                quarrying and explosives operations across           the average number of employees in the industry
                                                                Queensland. The levy is charged to industry on       according to data provided by explosives
                                                                a cost recovery basis.                               operations for the previous financial year.

                                                                Why is the government charging me                    The levy amount will vary depending on the
                                                                the Safety and Health Levy?                          number of people in the industry and the cost to
                                                                                                                     deliver safety and health services each year.
                                                                Over 40,000 mining, quarrying and explosives
                                                                employees in Queensland benefit from safety
                                                                and health services provided by the Safety and       What will the levy be used for?
                                                                Health Division of Department of Employment,         The Safety and Health Levy will fund existing
                                                                Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI).         safety and health services to the explosives
                                                                                                                     industry including:
                                                                The State Government currently funds the
                                                                regulatory compliance services provided to              safety and health inspections and audits
                                                                Queensland mining, quarrying and explosives             investigation of explosives accidents
                                                                operations at a cost in excess of $32 million per       collection and reporting of safety and health
                                                                year.                                                    statistics
                                                                                                                        provision of safety and health advice, and
                                                                Over the past five years industry employee               explosives security
                                                                numbers have increased significantly. This              dissemination of explosives safety and health
                                                                unprecedented expansion has placed increased             standards
                                                                pressure on government to continue to deliver           research, development, and training in
                                                                quality services that ensure the safety and health       explosives safety and health
                                                                                                                        provision of emergency services.
                                                                of industry workers and the community.

                                                                The levy is an appropriate and transparent way to    What are the benefits to industry?
                                                                ensure the standard of services is maintained        Implementation of the levy will permit the
                                                                and improves to meet growing demand.                 government to continue to fund the expansion of
                                                                                                                     high quality safety and health services to the
                                                                When did the levy start?                             industry to assist in achieving a target of ‘zero
                                                                                                                     harm’.
                                                                The Safety and Health Levy commenced on
                                                                1 October 2008.
                                                                                                                     How long do I have to pay the
                                                                When was the levy announced?                         invoice?
                                                                The Safety and Health Levy was announced as          Until 31 October 2010 or 30 days after the
                                                                part of the 2008/09 Budget by the Government         invoice is sent to you which ever is the later.
                                                                and subsequently, announced in the media on 3
                                                                June 2008.
How long do I have to complete the                               How do I complete the number of
census form?                                                     employees?
20 days from the end of each quarter.                            All workers employed for any period, or
                                                                 contractors for periods in excess of 14 days in
I am an interstate company do I                                  the quarter must be included on the form.
need to complete the census form
                                                                 Please note that employee and contractor
and pay the levy?                                                numbers are calculated on the basis of full time
All explosives operations that are regulated by                  equivalents, which is calculated on the basis of
the Explosives Act 1999 will be required to                      500 hours per quarter.
complete the census and pay the Safety and
Health Levy.                                                     Do I include contractors that work
                                                                 for me in the census form?
The levy applies to every worker and contractor                  Yes, all contractors employed by you that either
and explosives authority holder or operation.                    work at the explosives operation regulated by
                                                                 safety and health or handle/transport explosives
This includes any interstate company that                        materials must be included.
operates services in Queensland but does not
include any staff that are not on or at an
                                                                 How do I complete the census form
explosives operation regulated by safety and
health that are not in Queensland.                               if I have no employees?
                                                                 Complete the form showing the number of hours
Do I need to complete a census                                   you have personally worked or handled
                                                                 explosives product.
form?
All explosives authority holders will be required to
                                                                 How do I complete the number of
complete the Queensland Explosives and
Fireworks Industry Census Form (which will be                    contractors?
provided by DEEDI).                                              All contractors employed for any period in excess
                                                                 of 14 days in the quarter must be included on the
All persons licensed as shotfirers, ammunition                   form.
collectors and sellers, gun clubs, fireworks,
explosives transport, explosives storage, sellers,               Please note that contractor numbers are
import, export and persons authorised to handle                  calculated on the basis of full time equivalents,
security sensitive ammonium nitrate will also                    which is calculated on the basis of 500 hours per
need to complete the census on a quarterly basis                 quarter.
each year.
                                                                 Examples
I completed the form incorrectly can                             5 contractors that work 12 hours a day for 8 days
                                                                 are excluded if these are individual contracts.
I resubmit the form and get a
refund?                                                          A contract that is awarded for works that is
Yes, you can resubmit the form and if it is                      undertaken by 5 different individuals over a 3
determined that the levy has been overpaid a                     month period with each working 8 days would be
refund will be paid in accordance with the                       included as the total contract exceeds 14 days in
regulation.                                                      the quarter.
                                                                 The number of hours worked is then to be
                                                                 equated to full time equivalent employee with 500
                                                                 hours equalling one employee.




     For further enquiries please contact the department on (07) 3836 0038 or email safetyandhealthlevy@dme.qld.gov.au
I sell marine flares do I complete the                           I am a shotfirer but work for a mine
census and pay the levy?                                         or explosives operation do I pay the
You are required to complete the census form                     levy?
and send it back to the department as the holder                 No, provided that the company you work for has
of a licence under the Explosives Act 1999.                      included you in their census form.
Please note that you sell marine flares on the
form.                                                            Please return your census form indicating which
                                                                 company you work for so we can crosscheck the
You are required to pay the invoice unless you                   information.
are an emergency service organisation.

I am an ammunition/gun seller do I
complete the census and pay the
levy?
You are required to complete the census form
and send it back to the department as the holder
of a licence under the Explosives Act 1999.
Please note that you collect ammunition on the
form.

You are required to pay the levy in accordance
with the regulation.

I am an ammunition collector do I
complete the census and pay the
levy?
Yes, you are required to complete the census
form and send it back to the department as the
holder of a licence under the Explosives Act
1999.

Collectors of live ammunition are required to pay
the levy.

If the ammunition collected is not live then you
will not be required to pay the levy but you will
need to advise the department in writing.

Will I get a refund if I cancel my
explosives authority today?
You are required to complete the census form
and send it back to the department as the holder
of an authority under the Explosives Act 1999.

If you cancel your authority you should contact
the department on (07) 3836 0038 or email
safetyandhealthlevy@dme.qld.gov.au.




     For further enquiries please contact the department on (07) 3836 0038 or email safetyandhealthlevy@dme.qld.gov.au

								
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