The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 commenced on 1 July 2019.

The regulations deliver a number of improvements to streamline and modernise the regulations, and set clearer work plan and rehabilitation plan requirements to better manage risks associated with mining and minerals exploration. The regulations have been shaped by public input provided through the Regulatory Impact Statement process.

Earth Resources would like to acknowledge and thank stakeholders who have taken the time to provide feedback.


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Work plans

Should there be an option for regulated parties to apply the risk management approach, contained within a Code of Practice for risk management issued by the Minister under Part 8A of the Principal Act?


Do the proposed changes to rehabilitation plans and progressive rehabilitation milestones sufficiently clarify the legal obligations to ‘rehabilitate land in accordance with [a] rehabilitation plan’ and to ‘rehabilitate land in the course of doing work’?

Do you support the move to a more flexible, proportionate, outcomes-based rehabilitation plan approach (as outlined in the proposed regulations and the preferred option in the RIS)?
Do the rehabilitation proposals meet the expectations of the community?


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Reporting requirements

Are the proposed amendments to information requirements for annual reports and returns likely to be effective? If not, what changes would you suggest and why?
Is the 28-day time period for lodging returns an appropriate length for submitting the required documentation?
Should the reporting date for annual returns be changed to a date other than 30 June?
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