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This web page provides information on the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) process to develop updated 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.

In April 2020 interested people and groups will be invited to provide submissions on the draft mining regulations.

Interested people and groups can register their interest now to receive updates on the draft regulation review process.

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The Mining Act

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2020 Mining regulation process flow chart

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The purpose of the regulations

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.

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Regulations engagement timeline and process

Draft regulations will be released for the public and groups to provide comments, at different stages throughout the year. Background documents will be provided to support the writing of submissions. Such a staged approach means people will not have to read one large document within a short time frame at the end of 2020.

You can comment on all, or just one or more, specific topics of the draft regulations, as outlined in the engagement process below, throughout the year. It’s up to you.

The draft regulations will be emailed to interested parties who register above, and posted on this web page and the South Australian Government's YourSAy website.

Comments with your input on the draft regulations need to be made via the submission form which will be provided on the above websites.

Mining regulations engagement process

The current engagement process outlined below is subject to change as it rolls out, taking into account input and advice.


Stage 1 - Submission process open April 2020

Background information, draft regulations and submission form will be provided for comment on the following:

  • Competency of mine managers
  • Access to land, public participation and engagement
  • Mining Register, collection and release of data and information

DEM will provide feedback on submissions by the end of May 2020


Stage 2 - Submission process open June 2020

Background information, draft regulations and submission form will be provided for comment on the following:

  • Opal mining
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • Warden's Court
  • Private mines
  • Exploration licences and mineral claims

DEM will provide feedback on submissions by the end of July 2020


Stage 3 - Submission process open August 2020

Background information, draft regulations and submission form will be provided for comment on the following:

  • Royalties and finance
  • Common provisions
  • Production tenements
  • Operating approvals

DEM will provide feedback on submissions for Stage 3 during Stage 4

Stage 4 - September to October 2020

Submission period ends.

  • Consideration of all inputs to the regulations
  • Internal DEM development of draft regulations
  • Parliamentary Counsel input and finalisation
  • Draft regulations sent to Parliament for endorsement

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.

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?


We will be directly seeking your feedback starting in April 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.
    Register for updates
  • From April 2020, download a submission form, fill it in and email or post the completed form to us.

How we plan to engage?

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Contact us

  • Mining Regulations Submission Form
    Resource Policy and Engagement
    Department for Energy and Mining
    GPO Box 320 
    Adelaide SA 5001
  • Email: