The NSW Government is progressing a range of reforms to support the responsible development of the state’s mineral resources and to help position NSW to become Australia’s premier destination for exploration and mining investment.
Mining, Exploration and Geoscience undertook consultation on a draft Suspension of Mining Operations Policy from 16 February to 18 March 2022.
The policy aims to provide clarity about the statutory condition on mining leases that requires the leaseholder to obtain written consent to suspend mining operations in the mining area and to only suspend operations in accordance with that consent. The policy details how consent to suspend mining operations will be provided, the application process to be followed and the circumstances that will be considered when granting, refusing or revoking consent to suspend mining operations.
Consultation has closed and all feedback received during the consultation period has been considered and analysed. Refinements have been made to the policy in response to the feedback received. A summary of consultation submissions and responses is available here (PDF, 183.26 KB). Answers to frequently asked questions (PDF, 174.9 KB) have also been updated to reflect the feedback received.
The finalised Suspension of Mining Operations Policy (PDF, 87.55 KB) will commence operation on 1 August 2022.
Mining, Exploration and Geoscience is progressing a range of reforms that support the responsible development of the state’s mineral resources and will help position NSW to become Australia’s preferred destination for exploration and mining investment.
The NSW Minerals Strategy committed to a review of mining regulations, policies and processes to improve transparency, efficiency and community confidence. As a result of the review, MEG is proposing a set of legislative amendments that will improve the regulatory framework and processes for mineral development in NSW.
MEG undertook consultation on a draft of the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 from 24 November 2021 to 21 January 2022.
The aim of the proposed amendments is to enable faster and more efficient decision-making, streamline and modernise processes, improve clarity, and enhance compliance. They also support the NSW Government’s commitment to establish the new Royalties for Rejuvenation fund.
We hosted a webinar on 14 December 2021 to provide an outline of the amendments and an opportunity to ask questions. A recording of the webinar is available here.
Consultation has closed and the feedback, comments and submissions received have been analysed and some refinements have been made to the Bill.
A total of 31 submissions were received. A summary of consultation feedback and the MEG response is available here PDF, 535.57 KB.
We undertook consultation on the Exploration Package, which is a set of policy and operational reforms to encourage high quality exploration in NSW and to ensure that exploration is undertaken responsibly and efficiently to maximise the benefit of the state’s resources.
The Exploration Package comprises:
- a new exploration statement
- a new overview of exploration in NSW
- an updated exploration licence renewal policy
- an updated assessment lease grant and renewal policy
- an exploration rehabilitation security reforms position paper.
Consultation has closed and the response to stakeholders is available below: