Different industries will be regulated at different stages (over three years).
|Industry||Record keeping requirements||Minimum practice agricultural standards||Farm nitrogen and phosphorus budget (sugarcane only)||New or expanded cropping activities|
|Cane||1 December 2019||1 December 2019||1 December 2021||1 June 2021|
|Grazing||1 December 2019||1 December 2022||N/A||N/A|
|Bananas||1 December 2019||1 December 2022||N/A||1 June 2021|
|Grains||Proposed 1 December 2022||Proposed 1 December 2022||N/A||1 June 2021|
|Horticulture||Proposed 1 December 2022||Proposed 1 December 2022||N/A||1 June 2021|
New or changed industrial land use activities will be required to meet new discharge standards from 1 June 2021.
All commercial sugarcane growers, beef cattle graziers and banana producers in the Mackay Whitsunday region must meet the general record keeping requirements from 1 December 2019. Grains and horticulture producers may also need to do this once a minimum practice agricultural standard has been developed for those industries.
Sugarcane growers in the Mackay Whitsunday region will also have to comply with the minimum practice agricultural standards from 1 December 2019. They will need to complete a farm nitrogen and phosphorus budget from 1 December 2021.
All new or expanded cropping and horticulture activities on five hectares or more without a cropping history will be required to have an environmental authority (permit) from 1 June 2021.
Operators of new or changed regulated industrial land use activities such as new sewage treatment plants, land-based aquaculture facilities or mines will also be required to meet new discharge standards from 1 June 2021.