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Mining Bill released

First amendment Bill publicly available.

The South Australian Government has conducted the most comprehensive review ever undertaken of the state’s three major mining laws – the Mining Act 1971, Opal Mining Act 1995 and Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920.

The Statutes Amendment (Leading Practice in Mining) Bill 2017 was released on 19 October 2017 following 14 months of extensive stakeholder engagement, the consideration of over 130 submissions and the development of 82 recommendations for changes to the mineral resources legislation, regulation, policy and practices.

The South Australian House of Assembly passed the Bill on 1 November 2017.

The Bill is the first of several proposed to be put to Parliament over the next two years. Given the length and complexity of the Bill, a Guide was released at the same time as the Bill, in October 2017. The Guide is an easy to read document that provides a better understanding of the proposed amendments and aligns with the relevant parts and sections of the Bill. A summary of stakeholder feedback and recommendations for the Bill are outlined in a second document, Fast Facts: The Way Forward: Feedback on the Review, Recommendations and the Statutes Amendments (Leading Practice in Mining) Bill 2017.

The Bill, Guide and latest Fast Facts can be downloaded from the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review webpage and copies were emailed to over 1,800 stakeholders.

Next stages

Discussing the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review and other mining-related matters at the Paskeville Field Day, Yorke Peninsula, September 2017. L–R: local landowner with Mineral Resources Division staff Simon Constable and Les Tucker. (Photo 416191)
Discussing the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review and other mining-related matters at the Paskeville Field Day, Yorke Peninsula, September 2017. L–R: local landowner with Mineral Resources Division staff Simon Constable and Les Tucker. (Photo 416191)

A four-week information tour of 13 regional centres across the state began on 19 October to discuss the Bill, the next stages of the review and legislative reform. The Review Team continues to engage regularly with peak industry and agriculture stakeholder groups. The team also continues to seek to work with all members of Parliament to carry forward this important and timely conversation about South Australia’s mineral future.

A Mining and Farming Roundtable and Conservation and Environment Roundtable have been established to consider complex issues that are not dealt with in the current Bill such as the scope and responsibility of a proposed new Primary Producers SA landowner advisory service, the introduction of mandatory ‘codes of practice’ in the resources industry, clear compensation standards for activity/impact, increased landowner protections, limited merits review and additional environmental protections. Options for improved mine rehabilitation funding are also being investigated.

Once options from the roundtables and modelling for an appropriate mine rehabilitation fund are completed, further information and discussion papers will be released for stakeholder consideration into 2018. However, submissions are welcome on these topics at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Review Team via email DPC.miningactreview@sa.gov.au or phone +61 8 8463 3317.

– Steve Campbell

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