Over 400 positions in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines have been made redundant as part of the Newman Government's public service cutbacks.
In a statement Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said frontline services for the Mines Department had not been impacted.
"I’d like to make it very clear there will be absolutely no loss of frontline mine safety and health officers from my Department, to ensure Queenslanders working in the resources sector remain protected by one of the world’s best mine safety systems," he said.
Cripps said 413 positions in the department were no longer required or couldn't be supported, and because some positions were already vacant, 360 staff would be affected by the restructure.
He also said the cutbacks would fix parts of the industry that had been "drowning resource companies in red tape" due to overregulation.