Service delivery standards
New service delivery standards for the processing of applications under the Mining Act 1992 will provide greater certainty and allow industry to manage operations and deadlines around assessment timeframes.
Derelict mines program
Established in 1974, the Derelict Mines Program seeks to rehabilitate former mining sites where no individual or company can be held responsible for their management or rehabilitation.
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Minerals Industry Action Plan
The NSW Government has established a new industry-led taskforce to develop a Minerals Industry Action Plan to provide recommendations on strategies to drive growth, innovation and productivity in the sector over the next decade.
Strategic Release Framework for Coal and Petroleum exploration
The NSW Government has announced a draft policy framework for the strategic release of coal and petroleum exploration licences and assessment leases in NSW.
New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling
The program will provide grants to successful applicants for exploration drilling programs (Group 1, 2, 6 and 10 minerals only) which demonstrate strong prospectivity, sound financial planning and a proven technical base.
Staged repeal of mining and petroleum regulations
Staged repeal is a process that helps government ensure that regulations are up to date and modern.
Land resources legislation
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring it has the balance right with the regulation of land access matters. The framework under the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment (Land Access Arbitration) Act 2015 offers a fairer, more efficient, consistent and transparent land access arbitration process for all parties.
Exploration licence applications for operational allocation purposes
The Operational Allocation framework is an important reform to support existing coal miners and explorers in NSW.
SEED: The NSW Environmental Data Portal
The SEED Environmental Data Portal will make a broad range of environmental data available through a single online source.
Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016
The NSW Government will introduce legislation into NSW Parliament that will increase enforcement powers with respect to illegal protests, and ensure public safety, the protection of communities, workers and lawful business activity.
Lightning Ridge Voluntary Surrender Scheme
Read about the Scheme which gave leaseholders within Opal Prospecting Areas 1, 2 and 3 an opportunity to express interest in surrendering lots heavily affected by opal mining.
Explorer rights and obligations – access to land FAQs
The purpose of land access arrangements is to ensure the orderly search for resources, while recognising the rights of landholders to conduct their activities free from unreasonable interference or disturbance.
Costs payable by the explorer for reaching a land access arrangement
Under NSW law, explorers are required to pay the reasonable costs for landholder participation in reaching a land access arrangement.