Leading Practice Strategies for Addressing the Social Impacts of Resource Developments

Leading Practice Strategies for Addressing the Social Impacts of Resource Developments Report

Briefing Paper for the Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation,

  • Author(s): Frank, D., Fidler, C., Brereton, D., Vanclay, F., Clark, P.
  • Secondary Author(s): Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland
  • Published: 2009

Abstract: In September 2008, the Queensland Government introduced the Sustainable Resource Communities (SRC) policy to improve the assessment and ongoing management of the social impacts of resource developments, provide greater coordination and collaboration between stakeholders and address resource governance issues at multiple scales. The policy strengthens the Queensland Government’s coordination role, introduces a social impact assessment (SIA) function, improves state-wide and regional coordination through the formation of a partnership group and local leadership groups, emphasises greater links to regional planning, and introduces social impact management plans (SIMPs) to outline the forecasted changes to communities, the agreed strategies for mitigation of impacts, and the responsibility of various parties in relation to the management of social issues. As part of the implementation of this policy, the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), in association with the Queensland Resources Council and the Local Government Association of Queensland, commissioned the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) to undertake research on the leading practice approaches for addressing the social impacts of resource development adopted by other jurisdictions. This research, reported here, considers the promise and pitfalls of such approaches and the applicability to the Queensland context, and provides case studies, advice and principles to assist the development and implementation of the SRC policy in Queensland. Four government jurisdictions are reviewed as case studies. These are South Africa, Canada, New South Wales and Western Australia. In addition, a range of corporate policies were investigated as were the policies of the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank group), which has pioneered the use of Social Management Plans.

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Frank, D., Fidler, C., Brereton, D., Vanclay, F., Clark, P., 2009, Leading Practice Strategies for Addressing the Social Impacts of Resource Developments, Report, viewed 15 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3962.

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