28th April 2017

Updated Environmental Codes and Guidelines

Following extensive consultation with industry representatives, the Department has released updated versions of the following Codes and Guidelines:

Exploration Code of Practice: Environmental Management
Exploration Code of Practice: Produced Water
Exploration Code of Practice: Rehabilitation
ESG2 – Guidelines for Preparing a Review of Environmental Factors
ESG5 – Assessment Requirements for Exploration Activities

A summary of the key changes to the Codes and Guidelines has also been made available.

These Codes outline the mandatory requirements for explorers in the exploration of resources. The Codes are intended to provide upfront information to the industry and the community, and enable industry to adopt a risk-based, best practice approach in meeting requirements.

These Guidelines apply to all exploration titles and, while it is not mandatory, they outline the information that the Department requires as part of performing its regulatory oversight of exploration activities.

For more information, please contact the Department via email at minres.environment@industry.nsw.gov.au