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The Mining Regulation 2016 and the Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2016 require that holders of prospecting titles provide a renewal justification statement (RJS) with applications for renewal of their titles.

An RJS is a statement by the renewal applicant regarding the geoscientific justifications for renewal of a title.

The requirement for an RJS is a subcomponent of the renewal process and is specific to the assessment requirements of the Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW), which is responsible for providing geoscientific assessment of the justification for renewal of all NSW titles.

The RJS forms prompt the applicant principally for geoscientific information that is required under the relevant regulations and under the department’s renewal policies and standards for minerals, coal and petroleum. The forms assist the applicant to provide sufficient and relevant geoscientific detail, and to justify renewal of the title in the same terms and context in which the Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) will be assessing the application.

The priority details required in an RJS include:

  • details of operations carried out on the area of the title during the current term (types of operations, a map showing location of operations, expenditure incurred in conducting those operationstypes of operations)
  • a summary of exploration activities, results and conclusions (prospectivity and resource potential for ELs; resource potential and progress towards development of resources and reserves for ALs and petroleum titles; current and depleted resources and reserves for MLs and PPLs)
  • other reasons why the applicant considers renewal to be justifiable.

Download the RJS guide and templates