Consultation

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 sought comments on the proposed changes to the way community consultation reports were shared in July 2022.

The proposed main change allows title holders to publish their annual community consultation reports directly to their website or make them available to the community on request.  Title holders will no longer be required to comply with the red tape of submitting annual community consultation reports directly to the Department.

The community will benefit from greater transparency and access to the community consultation reports through the title holder’s website or by request.

The Exploration Code of Practice: Community consultation was edited to reflect this proposed change in practice and to emphasise the need for stakeholder privacy. The Exploration Code of Practice also now includes the need to consider and consult on the impact of aerial surveys when engaging in community consultation.

More details on the reforms are in the following documents:

Comments are now closed. The Department will consider the feedback and communicate the outcome of this consultation later this year.

We are seeking feedback on the proposed Mining Amendment Regulation 2022 and the proposed Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment Regulation 2022.

View more information here

The closing date for comments and submissions is 19 October 2022.

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 clarify the statutory condition on mining leases that requires the lease holder 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).

The Suspension of Mining Operations Policy (PDF, 87.55 KB) commenced operation on 1 August 2022.

For further information about the policy and how to apply, please refer to the Suspension of mining operations page.