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brochure Regulating mineral exploration and mining in South Australia - Setting the framework for best practice regulation (PDF 550 KB)
March 2015

Includes the Mineral Resources Division's Policy Statement, principles and key features of our processes for the effective and efficient regulation of mineral exploration and mining in South Australia.

MRGMG1MG1 Guidelines for miners: mining approval processes in South Australia (PDF 1.3 MB) 
Version 2, May 2015

Information about the statutory and policy context of the two-stage authorisation process for mining in South Australia. 


MRGMG3MG3 Guidelines for miners: preparation of a mining and rehabilitation compliance report (MARCR) in South Australia (PDF 313 KB)

Version 1.4, March 2009 - currently in revision to include provisions under the amended Mining Act

Most new leases granted will have a standard lease condition that requires the leaseholder to provide an annual report on operations carried out on the lease and compliance with the approved mining and rehabilitation program and lease conditions. The guidelines outline the issues to be addressed, format of reports, content that must be included with guidance on and examples of operational compliance and monitoring reporting.


MRGMG4MG4 Guidelines: landowner rights and access arrangements in relation to mineral exploration and mining in South Australia (PDF 5.0 MB)
Version 2.2 July 2014 

Part 1: information about landowner statutory rights and what may be expected in regards to proposed exploration and mining operations on (or near) property.

Part 2: information for explorers on the principles of effective engagement and consultation.


MRGMG5MG5 Guidelines for miners: tailings and tailings storage facilities in South Australia (PDF 353 KB)
Version 1.4, September 2009 - currently in revision to include provisions under the amended Mining Act  

Describes the principles to be followed and desired outcome for tailings and tailings storage facilities (TSF) management, and outlines the process to be followed to ensure environmental, social and economic risks have been considered and will be appropriately controlled.

A joint publication of the Mineral Resources Division of the Department of State Development and the Environment Protection Authority South Australia (EPA).


MRGMG6MG6 Guidelines for miners: preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for extractive mineral operations in South Australia (PDF 1.9 MB)
Version 2.0 April 2012

Guidelines to assist with the preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for surface quarrying operations authorised under an extractive minerals lease (EML) and any associated miscellaneous purposes licence (MPL). The guidelines specify the minimum information required to be provided in the PEPR.


MG7 The relevant content and guidelines from the former MG7 Guidelines for mineral explorers: Landholder liaison in South Australia has now been incorporated in the revised MG4


MRGMG8MG8 Preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for low impact mineral exploration in South Australia (PDF 560 KB)
Version 2.0 August 2015 

The generic PEPR for low impact mineral exploration in South Australia has been developed by the Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division to ensure that low impact activities are conducted in a manner that will reduce any potential environmental impacts and facilitate the approval process.

These guidelines describe the scope of low impact exploration activities, relevant environmental aspects, land access and/or consultation requirements, and management of environmental impacts.


Version 1.3 July 2014

An approved DEF may be required prior to conducting any on-ground exploration activities and prior to commencing the construction of major support facilities (e.g. camp sites, airstrips, intensive track networs) in areas deemed environmentally sensitive

These guidelines will help with the preparation of a DEF, providing a method of describing the proposal and addressing relevant environmental considerations.


Until 1 July 2015 (or unless otherwise determined by the Minister) programs for environment protection and rehabilitation for exploration activities may continue to be submitted in the format of an exploration work approval or declaration of environmental factors. An EWA is required to be submitted before the commencement of any exploration activities.


MG11 Guidelines: preparation of an environmental management plan for in situ recovery uranium mines
In preparation

These guidelines only apply to operations authorised under a private mine. The guidelines provide detailed information to private mine operators on how to prepare a MOP.


Version 1.3, April 2014 

In South Australia mineral exploration licence holders have a statutory requirement under the Mining Act 1971 and Mining Regulations 2011 to submit data and reports on their activities.

This statutory requirement for the submission of reports is in place so that exploration progress, in accordance with licence conditions, can be assessed and the data obtained in the course of exploration can be effectively captured to ensure future availability to the exploration industry.

These guidelines have been produced to assist licensees in the preparation and submission of the required statutory reports and to ensure integrity of data and compliance with the Mineral Resources Division's policies.


The holder of an extractive mineral lease or the owner of a private mine is responsible for rehabilitaion of that lease or mine. Contributions from a specified proportion of the royalty paid on each tonne of quarry product sold are paid to the extractive areas rehabilitation fund (EARF). EARF is administered by the Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division and provides a mechanism to fund certain rehabilitation activities on extractive mineral sites.


MRGMG16MG16 Guidelines for a native vegetation significant environmental benefit policy for the clearance of native vegetation associated with the minerals and petroleum industry. Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (PDF 609 KB)
September 2005

All mining, petroleum and geothermal operations (other than exploration) that involve the clearance of native vegetation must be undertaken in accordance with a management plan that the Native Vegetation Council is confident will result in a significant environmental benefit.


Version 2.0 February 2014 

An expired, surrendered or cancelled mineral exploration licence areas may now be released to industry as an 'exploration release area (ERA)'. An ERA is released for a minimum 4-week moratorium period after which it is open for application from Monday to Friday (the application week) immediately following the moratorium period. Valid applications are now assessed via a competitive process rather than on a 'first come, first served' basis.

These guidelines discuss the Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division policies and procedures regarding ERAs, outline the predefined set of assessment criteria against which applications over an ERA will be assessed, and the competitive process for applying for an ERA.


Version 1.1 February 2013

A condition of the approval given for proposed drilling for minerals in South Australia is that mineral exploration licence holders provide the Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division with geological samples obtained during the course of operations.

These guidelines provide advice on sample selection, quantities required, labelling and accompanying information that is required. 


Version 1.0, August 2013 9

Landscape function analysis (LFA) is a monitoring tool to qualify landscape sustainability. Mining lease operators can use the tool when developing a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) or a mine rehabilitation monitoring program.

This document introduces the concept of LFA and provides easy to use instructions for LFA in mine rehabilitation monitoring programs, including how to report LFA. It is designed to be used in conjunction with its companion volume, MG21 Field guide for landscape function analysis for environmental monitoring and assessment (PDF 15.9MB)


September 2013

Landscape function analysis (LFA) is a monitoring tool to qualify landscape sustainability. Mining lease operators can use the tool when developing a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) or a mine rehabilitation monitoring program. An overview of LFA and step-by-step guide in how to conduct LFA.

The document provides an overview of LFA and step-by-step guide in how to conduct an LFA.

It is designed to be used in conjunction with its companion volume, MG19 Guidelines for data entry and reporting of landscape function analysis (PDF 1.9MB)


MRGMG22-1MG22 Guidelines for conducting mineral exploration in South Australia (PDF 872 KB)

These guidelines have been prepared by DSD to provide guidance to explorers when conducting mineral exploration within South Australia, and to assist in the preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for submission and approval under the Mining Act and regulations.