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Ancillary Mining Activities (AMAs) are developments and activities that are ancillary to, or support, mining operations. All activities that are defined as AMAs for the purpose of the Act are listed under clause 7 of the Mining Regulation 2016 (the Regulation). These activities were previously referred to as mining purposes.

The amendment Bill, Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 can be accessed on the NSW legislation website at http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

Ancillary Mining Activities (AMAs)

Table 1: Ancillary Mining Activities under Clause 7 of the Regulation

(a)   the construction, maintenance or use (in or in connection with mining operations) of any one or more of the following:

(i)    any building or mining plant,

(ii)    any road, railway, tramway, bridge or jetty,

(iii)  any reservoir, dam, drain or water race,

(iv)  any cable, conveyor, pipeline, telephone line or signalling system,

(v)   any bin, magazine or fuel chute,

(vi)  any plant nursery

(b)  opal puddling

(c) the removal, stockpiling, management or depositing of overburden, ore or tailings to the extent that it is associated with mineral      extraction or mineral beneficiation
(d)  the storage of fuel, machinery, timber or equipment for use in or in connection with mining operations
(e)  the generation and transmission of electricity for use in or in connection with mining operations

(f)  the construction, maintenance and use (in or in connection with mining operations) of any drillhole or shaft for:

(i)     drainage of gas, or

(ii)    drainage or conveyance of water, or

(iii)  ventilation, or

(iv)  conveyance of electricity, or

(v)   conveyance of materials, or

(vi)  communications, or

(vii) emergency access to underground workings

Designated AMAs

A subset of the AMAs in clause 7, defined as designated AMAs can only be carried out in accordance with an ‘authorisation’ if they are within the immediate vicinity of and directly facilitate a mining lease. Section 6 of the Act identifies this subset as:

Table 2: Designated Ancillary Mining Activities specified under Section 6 of the Act

(a)   the construction, maintenance or use of any reservoir, dam (including a tailings dam), drain or water race, other than any reservoir, dam, drain or water race principally used for purposes not connected with mining or any other activities regulated by or under an authorisation.

(b)   opal puddling

(c)   the removal, stockpiling or depositing of overburden, ore or tailings to the extent that it is associated with mineral extraction or mineral beneficiation.

All AMAs not prescribed in section 6 of the Act (listed in table 2 above), or which are not in the immediate vicinity of, or not directly facilitating a mining lease may be undertaken without authorisation. However, for operational or strategic reasons, proponents may still wish to apply for an authorisation of these activities.

All titleholders whose operations include Ancillary Mining Activities will be subject to the new framework.

How to apply

Options for including an AMA within an authorisation are:

  1. Apply for a mining lease for ancillary mining activities only; or
  2. Apply for an ancillary mining activity condition to be attached to an existing mining lease.

Ancillary Mining Activities Guideline

Principles for identification of area for an 'Off Title' designated Ancillary Mining Activity

For further information
Titles Services
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