December 2015: Four  Queensland miners diagnosed with Black Lung

In 2015 the ABC’s 7.30 program brought the re-emergence of Black Lung to public attention. The Queensland Government responded soon after by announcing an investigation.

Fact Sheets and Links

What is CWP? (Qld Govt link)

Guide to CWP in Qld (Qld Govt link)



The Queensland Government has introduced a revised dust standard. From 1 November 2018, the Standard reflects the regulatory reduction of the occupational exposure limit for respirable coal dust from 3mg/m3 to 2.5mg/m3.

Download Recognised Standard 14 – Monitoring respirable dust in coal mines.


Show your support for Black Lung victims – download and share our flyer.

Victims of Black Lung and other mine dust diseases are seeking a modest industry levy to assist them and their families to help deal with the suffering and trauma.

Campaign Timeline – key documents


May 2017 – Black lung white lies – Qld Parliamentary Inquiry into the re-identification of Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis in Queensland – key findings – DOWNLOAD

May 2017 – CFMEU welcomes the findings of the Qld Parliamentary inquiry – but more needs to be done for victims – DOWNLOAD

June 2017 – CFMEU urges mining workers to get checked as more dust victims uncovered – DOWNLOAD

September 2017 – Qld Government response to Parliamentary Inquiry – DOWNLOAD

December 2017 – Australian radiologists to be trained to world standard for black lung detection – DOWNLOAD


February 2016 – CFMEU submission to the Senate Select Committee on Health – DOWNLOAD

April 2016 – Black Lung: “It has buggered my life” – Report of the Senate Select Committee on Health – DOWNLOAD

July 2016 – Review of Respiratory Component of the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme for the Qld Department of Natural Resources & Mines (“Monash Report”) – DOWNLOAD

November 2016 – CFMEU submission to the Queensland Public Inquiry – DOWNLOAD


Coalminers’ lives at risk as deadly “Black Lung” disease re-emerges in Queensland for the first time in decades – DOWNLOAD
Three cases of Black Lung have been detected in three months at coal mines in Queensland, in what could be the tip of the iceberg for a disease that had been wiped out in Australia half a century ago.