Mining Amendment (Standard Conditions of Mining Leases – Rehabilitation) Regulation 2020

We have been seeking feedback on the Mining Amendment (Standard Conditions of Mining Leases - Rehabilitation) Regulation 2020 and associated mandatory requirements. The public consultation period has now closed.

What’s this about?

The mining lease conditions relating to rehabilitation have been reviewed to improve clarity and enforceability of rehabilitation outcomes. This Amendment Regulation will prescribe mining lease conditions relating to rehabilitation through amending the Regulation under the Mining Act 1992. The new mining lease conditions will support best practice mine site rehabilitation and ensure NSW has a sustainable minerals industry.

The new conditions will require lease holders to develop a rehabilitation management plan to identify and achieve rehabilitation outcomes and a forward program to demonstrate the approach to progressive rehabilitation.

The documents now available for comment are the Mining Amendment (Standard Conditions of Mining Leases - Rehabilitation) Regulation 2020 and the ‘form and way’ documents which set out the mandatory requirements approved by the Secretary for meeting obligations under the new conditions.

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Public consultation

The public consultation period closed on 6 November 2020.

There were two public consultation forums held during the consultation period. A recording of the 15 October session can be viewed here and questions raised at the forums can be found here.

What will happen next?

We will examine all submissions and consider the issues raised in them, the outcomes of the online form and input from the public forums and finalise the regulation and form and way documents for approval and commencement in 2021.

Further information

Information will be provided on this webpage and through Mine Rehabilitation News. To be kept up to date, subscribe to Mine Rehabilitation News now.

For further information, please contact us on 1300 814 609 or email rr.feedback@planning.nsw.gov.au