Overview

The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Interim Regulations 2018 (the current Regulations) sunset on 30 June 2019 and need to be remade. The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 will replace the current Regulations.

To ensure the proposed regulations are well-targeted, effective and appropriate, and impose the lowest possible burden on Victorian businesses and the community, we are seeking your feedback.

The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) process involves an assessment of regulatory proposals and allows members of the community to comment on proposed regulations before they are finalised. Such public input provides valuable information and perspectives and improves the overall quality of regulations.

The proposed Regulations will largely remake the current Regulations, with 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 RIS examines the costs and benefits of the proposed Regulations and possible alternatives and concludes that the proposed Regulations are the most efficient method of achieving the above objectives.

How do I make a submission?

Please answer the following survey questions and/or upload your own submission at the end of this page.

Consultation closes at 5.30pm on 23 April 2019.

Survey

Licence Applications

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?

Rehabilitation

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’?

Response
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?
My submission

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