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The Guidelines are intended to assist explorers in understanding requirements and processes associated with various exploration activities.

The following Guidelines are still under development and will be released at a later date:

  • Industry guideline for coal explorers
  • Industry guideline for petroleum explorers
  • Industry guideline for assessment leases

UPDATED - Summary of changes to environmental codes and guidelines (86 KB PDF)

  • Petroleum land access

    Applies to: Petroleum

    Guidance for title holders when negotiating land access arrangements for petroleum exploration.

    Go to Petroleum land access

  • Work programs for prospecting titles

    Applies to: Coal, Minerals, Petroleum

    Guidance for title holders in preparing a work program.

    Go to Work programs for prospecting titles

  • Assessment requirements for exploration activities

    Applies to: Coal, Minerals, Petroleum

    Guidance for title holders in understanding the new activity approval process to be launched later this year.

    Go to Assessment requirements for exploration activities

  • Petroleum drilling & well servicing - competencies

    Applies to: Petroleum

    Guidance in preparing for legislative reform that will introduce minimum qualifications and competencies in drilling and well servicing.

    Go to Petroleum drilling and well servicing - competencies

  • Guideline for preparing a Review of Environmental Factors

    Applies to: Coal, Minerals, Petroleum 

    Guidance for title holders in preparing a Review of Environmental Factors for an activity approval application.

    Go to Guideline for preparing a Review of Environmental Factors

  • Annual activity reporting

    Applies to: Coal, Minerals, Petroleum 

    Guidance for title holders in submitting compulsory annual reports for prospecting titles.

    Go to Annual activity reporting

  • Drilling and integrity

    Applies to: Coal, Minerals, Petroleum

    Guidance for title holders when drilling a borehole or well for exploration or production of coal, minerals and petroleum, and ensuring the long term integrity of the borehole or well.

    Go to Drilling and Integrity Guideline

  • Enforceable undertakings

    Enforceable undertakings are written, legally binding agreements proposed by a company or person which are accepted by the Secretary, following an alleged contravention of the Act.

    Go to Enforceable undertakings

  • Prosecution

    The prosecution guideline is intended to explain the basis on which the NSW Department of Industry will make a decision to prosecute under the Mining Act 1992 and the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991.

    Go to Prosecution guidelines