The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s annual release of mineral exploration reports will commence at the beginning of May 2021.
Under Regulation 96(4) of the Mining Regulations 1981, known as the Sunset Clause, a list of reports that were submitted between 2002 and 2010, and in 2015, under Section 115a of the Mining Act 1978 will be available on the department’s website.
Pursuant to Regulation 96(5), the holder of a mining tenement covered by the report, or any subsequent tenement granted in renewal of or substitution for such mining tenement, may object to the release. Objections to the immediate release of a report must set out specific reasons why identified reports, or parts of reports, should not be released and must be received prior to the release of the report.
The draft guideline is intended to provide clarity on the evidence tenement holders should provide to show they have met all the agreed closure obligations and environmental conditions as outlined in their Mine Closure Plan.
“The draft Mine Closure Completion Guideline aims to provide industry with guidance on how to demonstrate all rehabilitation and closure obligations under the Mining Act 1978, and those outlined within their closure plan, have been met.” DMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Executive Director Karen Caple said.
Expenditure exemption guidelines updated for greater clarity
The department has revised the guidelines it published to support temporary amendments to the Mining Act Regulations 1981 introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State Government initiative came into effect on 1 July 2020 and will expire on 30 June 2021.
Under the revised regulations, tenement holders of exploration and prospecting licences can apply for expenditure exemptions if they are able to provide a statement and evidence that COVID-19 has affected their ability to meet their expenditure conditions with their application.
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has issued a reminder to industry about their exploration rehabilitation obligations and the associated penalties for non-compliance.
Given the volume of exploration that occurs in the State, the Department has strengthened its approach to rehabilitation compliance monitoring through its integrated compliance program in 2019 and 2020.