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Invitation to comment on new public task statement

The Coal Authority intends to revise its current public task statement and invites your comments.

Coal Authority building

As a non-departmental public body (NDPB) the Coal Authority’s (the “Authority”) functions are carried out within its public task statement under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

The Authority is also accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) managed by the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI). The Scheme sets and assesses standards for public sector bodies. It requires members to:

  • meet government and public expectations of transparency and accountability
  • encourages the re-use of information to ensure that a level playing field access is provided to their information assets for both internal and external users

It is the Authority’s intention to revise its current public task statement to provide external parties, under a licensing framework, access to our existing spatial mining hazard information for commercial use and re-use. This revision will provide others with access to the Authority’s data for purposes including the production of mining search report products to compete with the Authority’s CON29M report.

Between 27 November 2015 and 11 December 2015, we are inviting you to comment on our draft proposed change of task statement (PDF, 78.7KB, 3 pages) .

Please email your comments to

The Authority will consider all submissions and will issue a statement on our web page in due course.

Published 27 November 2015