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Mining in South Australia cannot be undertaken on Crown or private land unless in accordance with the provisions of the following acts and regulations:

  • Mining Act 1971 and Mining Regulations 2011 made under the Act
  • Offshore Minerals Act 2000
  • Opal Mining Act 1995 and Opal Mining Regulations 2012 made under the Act

Mining Act 1971

The Mining Act and Regulations made under the Act:

  • Provide that all minerals are the property of the Crown
  • Provide for the issue of mineral tenements that give rights with respect to mineral exploration and production
  • Establish landholder and licensee rights with regard to access to land and provide for compensation for any resulting damage
  • Provide for the regulation of operations within tenements
  • Provide for the collection of royalties on production; plus a range of fees for required approvals, annual tenement fees and penalties for breaches of the legislation
  • Provide for the appointment of inspectors and authorised persons to have access to tenements
  • Provide specific definitions of minerals, prospecting, exploration and mining

Offshore Minerals Act 2000 

Opal Mining Act 1995

Other relevant Acts 

 

Administrative arrangements 

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is responsible for the administration of the Environment Protection Act 1993 and the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982.

The Mineral Resources Division of the Department of State Development is responsible for the administration of the Mining Act 1971, Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920, Offshore Minerals Act 2000, Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982, Broken Hill Proprietary Company's Indenture Act 1937, Opal Mining Act 1995 and Whyalla Steel Works Act 1958.

The EPA and the Mineral Resources Division of the Department of State Development (previously within the Department for Manufacturing, Industry, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE)) have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to develop and comply with Administrative Arrangements to achieve consistent and efficient environmental regulation of mineral resources under the Acts for which they are responsible, especially when the obligations and responsibilities of the parties under the Acts overlap.

The MoU creates a long term commitment to a mutual working relationship between the parties. It was established to enable administrative arrangements to be developed between the agencies to support the consistent and efficient environmental regulation of mineral resources.

Administrative arrangements between the EPA and the Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division (.pdf 1.2Mb)
Dated March 2013

Memorandum of Understanding between the Environment Protection Authority and the Department of State Development (.pdf 906.2kb)
Dated 17 August 2012

 

 

For more information, contact:

Mining Registrar
Mineral Resources Division
Department of State Development

Phone: +61 8 8463 3103
Email: dsd.tenements@sa.gov.au