This web page provides information on the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) process to finalise the draft mining regulations. The mining regulations are required to support the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Act 2019 (hereafter Mining Act), which was passed on 17 October 2019.
Engagement activities update
Friday 22 May 2020
The regulations engagement process has been revised in response to guidelines to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Engagement will now focus on digital delivery, using tools such as videos, webinars and online meetings. These online channels will enable DEM to obtain input on the regulations while maintaining health protocols currently in force.
In August 2020, DEM will release draft regulations in three packages, allowing four weeks per package for the public and interested groups to provide feedback on the topics included.
|Package||Theme||Topics||Released for comment|
|Package one||Land access||
Access to land|
|1st week of August|
|Package two||Compliance and enforcement||
Compliance and enforcement|
Royalties and finance
Competency of mine managers
|2nd week of August|
|Package three||Operating approvals||Private mines|
Consolidated mining approval made up of topics on common provisions, production tenements, and operating approvals
|3rd week of August|
Background information about the draft regulations will be provided with each package to support stakeholders in the writing of submissions.
The opportunity to provide feedback on the draft regulations will begin in August and conclude mid-September 2020.
The Department will release updated engagement schedules for the online information and webinars in the coming months on this website and via email to those who have registered their interest.
2020 Mining regulation process flow chart
The Mining Act
In 2016 the Department for Energy and Mining led a major review of South Australia's mining laws. Multiple engagement sessions in a variety of forums across the state helped finalise the Mining Act, with over 130 submissions considered.
- Read the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Act 2019
- More information about the Mining Act review process, including discussion papers and documents issued
The Department is now finalising mining regulations that sit beneath the revised Mining Act which will commence in January 2021.
The regulations outline how the provisions of the Mining Act are applied.
By law, the regulations cannot bring up new issues and topics outside the scope of the Act, and need to be written in a way that explains how the Act will operate and how DEM will regulate mining in our state.
Regulations engagement process
Engaging with stakeholders is necessary to ensure that the draft regulations carefully consider issues from a variety of viewpoints.
In August 2020, DEM will release draft regulations in three packages, allowing four weeks per package for the public and interested groups to provide feedback on the topics included. You can comment on all, or just one or more, specific topics of the draft regulations - it's up to you.
How will your feedback influence the final regulations?
Feedback will be collated and considered by DEM and regularly reported back to interested people and groups on the key themes and input received.
All public submissions will be considered. Although feedback on the regulations will not automatically be included in the final regulations, your feedback provides an opportunity to recommend and inform changes to improve the draft regulations.
Where the input aligns with the Mining Act and the DEM Strategic Direction 2018 to 2021, and is considered to improve the draft regulations towards more effective and efficient implementation of the Mining Act, DEM will consider the suggested input.
DEM will publish online updates on the draft regulations as the year progresses. To stay in touch with this project, please register your interest to receive future updates.
How you can participate?
Comments with your input on the draft regulations need to be made via the submission form which will be provided on this website and the South Australian Government's YourSAy website, an online consultation hub where you can provide feedback on consultations open across the South Australian government.
We will be directly seeking your feedback following the release of the draft regulations in August 2020. You can respond by either:
- Registering your interest to receive updates and information on the draft mining regulations and the engagement program, including reminders of when consultation on particular topics will be opening.
- When draft regulations are released, download a submission form from this website or the South Australian Government YourSAy website, fill it in and email or post the completed form to us.
- Mining Regulations Submission Form
Resource Policy and Engagement
Department for Energy and Mining
GPO Box 320
Adelaide SA 5001
- Email: DEM.MiningRegs@sa.gov.au