The second in the series of three discussion papers as part of the Leading Practice Review of South Australia's mining laws has now been released for public consultation by the Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division.
Discussion Paper 2 on the Mining Act 1971 and Regulations initiates a discussion about the objectives and processes of the Mining Act and Regulations so that we can identify ways of updating and improving regulatory processes, without compromising on their effectiveness and efficiency.
The Mining Act 1971 is the central piece of legislation that regulates exploration, mining and quarrying in South Australia. The Act has not been holistically reviewed since 1971. Since that time, rapid technological advances have meant that the industry practices have become far more modern, safe, sustainable and efficient - and community expectations around mining and quarrying (such as expectations around open community engagement) have vastly changed.
You can also access and make comments on the documents via the South Australian government's yourSAy website
Proposed exploration licence graticular block system
The review of the Mining Act includes options for the modernisation of the way in which South Australia spatially represents and defines its exploration licences. Specifically, the eral Resources Division of the Department of State Development is exploring a transition to a graticular boundary system within the GDA2020 datum.
More information about the proposal: Information sheet: Proposed exploration licence graticular block system licence graticular block system (PDF)
Stakeholders are invited to respond to questions about the proposal and transition options by completing the Graticular blocks and datum modernisation consultation survey. We welcome your views on these options.
The review of the mining laws will enable South Australians, including industry, traditional and other landowners, regional communities and stakeholders, to play a key role in shaping improvements to our world-leading framework of mining laws.
We are encouraging all South Australians to provide input into a review of the laws that guide the development of our state's mineral resources industry.