Feedback is being sought from across the resources sector and interested community members to help shape new regulations for Victoria’s mines and minerals exploration industries.
Every decade, regulations are reviewed and revised to ensure they continue to be effective in a contemporary setting.
The proposed Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 will set clearer work plan and rehabilitation requirements to better manage risks associated with mining and minerals exploration.
Input from across the state will help ensure the proposed regulations are well-targeted, effective and appropriate, imposing the lowest possible burden on Victorian businesses and the community.
The new regulations will support Victoria’s revitalised resources sector, which is seeing an increase in mining jobs, more gold being found year on year and more companies searching to find mineral deposits for potential development.
In 2018 the Victorian Government launched State of Discovery, its Mineral Resources Strategy. The strategy includes actions to help build community confidence in responsible mining and minerals exploration to encourage jobs and economic development in regional Victoria.
The regulations remake is part of a reform program in response to the Mineral Resources Strategy, the Commissioner for Better Regulation’s report Getting the Groundwork Right and the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.
Public and industry input is an important part of the process and will lead to a more robust and high-quality legislative framework.
The published Regulatory Impact Statement invites comment until 23 April 2019.
Source: Vic Government