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Leading practice Mining Acts review

The Department of State Development is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of South Australia's mining legislation to modernise the regulation of the state's mineral resources industry.

All South Australian's are encouraged to provide input into the review. A number of regional drop-in sessions have been arranged to provide local people with the opportunity to talk to members of the Department of State Development about how mining legislation can be improved.

The drop-in sessions will begin on Monday 30 January 2017 at Ceduna, followed by sessions throughout the remainder of January and the first weeks of February at other regional centres, including Port Lincoln, Maitland, Mount Barker, Adelaide, Burra, Port Augusta, Hawker, Whyalla, McLaren Vale, Coober Pedy, Mount Gambier and Naracoorte.

In addition to these drop-in sessions members of the Department will be available to talk with interested people at forthcoming Grain Producers SA meetings at Wudinna, Cummins, Maitland and Murray Bridge.

For a list of locations where drop-in sessions will be held, along with dates and times:

About the review

A series of three discussion papers have been released, each relevant to a particular Act and regulations under that Act that impacts on the mining industry in South Australia:

  • Discussion paper: Mines and Works Inspections Act 1920 and Regulations
    This paper discusses a number of options for review of this legislation, which in its current state has been largely replaced by more modern legislation offering far greater protections
  • Discussion paper 2: Mining Act 1971 and Regulations
    This paper 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.
  • Discussion paper 3: Opal Mining Act 1995 and Regulations
    This paper discusses amendments to the Act that should improve the Act's ability to balance competing interests and priorities around opal mining, and increase community confidence in both the industry and the regulatory process.

Comments on the papers are invited and will be open until 24 February 2017. For more information about the review and how to make comment on the discussion papers: