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Regulations under the Mining Act 1971

Fees effective 1 January 2020. All fees listed are exempt from GST.

Tenement type Exploration Licence Mineral Lease or Miscellaneous Purposes Licence Extractive Minerals Lease Retention Lease
APPLICATION FEES
Base component $ 857 $ 1,713 $ 1,713 $ 857
Advertising component $ 924 $ 924 $ 924 $ 924
Assessment component
Set fee $ 5,711
Annual production < 100,000 tonnes $ 1,141
Annual production ≥ 100,000 tonnes $ 5,711
Capital cost < $1,000,000 $ 1,141
Capital cost ≥ $1,000,000 within the area of a council or a reserve* 0.25% of capital cost up to a maximum of $200,000
Capital cost ≥ $1,000,000 outside the area of a council or a reserve* 0.125% of capital cost up to a maximum of $200,000
ANNUAL FEES
Administration component $ 172 $ 172 $ 172 $ 172
Regulation component Zone 1 $13.10/km2 (minimum $ 565) per tenement: $ 339 $ 0 ** per tenement: $ 339
  Zone 2 $17.50/km2 (minimum $ 757) per tenement: $ 339 $ 0 ** per tenement: $ 339
  Zone 3 $22.10/km2 (minimum $ 953) per tenement: $ 339 $ 0 ** per tenement: $ 339
Rental N/A per hectare: $ 67.50
minimum: $ 256.00
per hectare: $ 56.00
minimum: $ 216.00
per hectare: $ 34.25
minimum: $ 256.00

* Reserve within the meaning of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.
** The regulation component for an Extractive Minerals Lease is administered through contributions to the Extractive Areas Rehabilitation Fund (EARF).


Other application fees
Mineral claim – application for registration $ 513.00
Access claim – application for registration or renewal $ 96.50
Mining Register (searches)
Extract from Mining Register – standard search query (maximum of 10 tenements per query) $ 57.00
Extract from Mining Register – customised search query (maximum of 10 tenements per query) $ 114.00
Extract from Mining Register – copy of mining tenement (lease or licence document) $ 14.80
Application for issue of duplicate lease or licence $ 144.00
Inspection of Mining Register $ 58.50
Other fees
Late lodgement of transfer of lease or licence $ 172.00
Lodgement of an agreement (including an indigenous land use agreement) or determination with the Mining Registrar under Part 9B of the Mining Act 1971 $ 603.00
Lodgement of caveat – per tenement $ 172.00
Late lodgement of mining return under section 76 of the Mining Act 1971 (administration fee) $ 293.00
Application for –
(a) variation of condition of a tenement, working conditions or special approval to undertake a particular work program; or $ 603.00
(b) Ministerial consent under the Mining Act 1971 $ 603.00
Proposal for a safety net agreement under section 84A of the Mining Act 1971 $ 114.00

Fees for programs for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) and mine operations plans (MOP)

Exploration licences and exploration on mineral claims PEPR fee
Generic E-PEPR for low impact mineral exploration in South Australia No fee
New E-PEPR $ 1,500
New E-PEPR requiring referral to the Department and/or Minister for Environment and Water $ 2,000
New E-PEPR requiring approval of the Minister for Environment and Water $ 3,000
Minor administrative change to an E-PEPR or review of an approved E-PEPR $ 250
Review of an approved E-PEPR requiring referral to the Department and/or Minister for Environment and Water $ 500
Review of an approved E-PEPR requiring approval of the Minister for Environment and Water $ 1,500
Exploration and trial mining on retention leases
New retention lease PEPR $ 2,700
Minor administrative change $ 250
Retention lease PEPR review $ 2,500
Private minesMOP fee
First MOP – all mineral types $ 2,500
MOP alteration – Private Mine – extractive / industrial / prescribed purpose
Minor administrative change or no new or modified environmental objectives and/or criteria No fee
Production < 100,000 tonnes per annum and new or modified environmental objectives and/or criteria $ 1,000
Production ≥ 100,000 tonnes per annum and new or modified environmental objectives and/or criteria $ 5,000
MOP alteration – Private Mine – other minerals
Minor administrative change or no new or modified environmental objectives and/or criteria No fee
New or modified environmental objectives and/or criteria $ 2,500
Single document MOP/PEPR – all mineral types
First single document MOP/PEPR (or first combination of an approved MOP or approved PEPR) $ 1,250
Review of a single document MOP/PEPR PEPR review fee applies
Advertising fee applicable to new operations proposed on a private mine $ 924

Extractive minerals leases, mineral leases and miscellaneous purposes licences

Initial PEPRs EML and/or related MPL ML (industrial / prescribed purpose) and/or related MPL ML (mineral) and/or related MPL
PEPR as a result of Regulation 114 Transitional Provisions (where tenement was granted prior to 1 July 2011)$ 2,500$ 2,500$ 2,500
Production < 100,000 tonnes per annum $ 570   
Production ≥ 100,000 tonnes per annum $ 2,855   
Capital cost submitted in initial lease application < $1M   $ 570 $ 570
Capital cost submitted in initial lease application ≥ $1M   50% of the initial ML/MPL assessment fee 50% of the initial ML/MPL assessment fee
PEPR reviews
Minor administrative change $ 250 $ 250 $ 250
Production < 100,000 tonnes per annum and no new or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria $ 250 $ 250  
Production < 100,000 tonnes per annum and new or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria $ 1,000 $ 1,000  
Production ≥ 100,000 tonnes per annum and no new or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria $ 1,000 $ 1,000  
Production ≥ 100,000 tonnes per annum and new or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria $ 5,000 $ 5,000  
No new or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria and approved PEPR rehabilitation liability estimate (RLE) or bond less than $1M    $ 500
New or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria and approved PEPR RLE/bond less than $1M or 
No new or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria and approved PEPR RLE or bond between $1M and $10M (inclusive)
   $ 1,500
New or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria and approved PEPR RLE or bond between $1M and $10M (inclusive) or 
No new or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria and approved PEPR RLE or bond greater $10M
   $ 10,000
New or modified environmental outcomes and/or criteria and approved PEPR RLE or bond greater than $10M    $ 25,000

Guidance to assist with this fee schedule

Single or multiple tenements

  • Fees for standalone PEPRs for miscellaneous purposes licences (MPL) will be set at the fee that would be payable for the primary associated production tenement.
  • Only one fee will be charged where an operating plan relates to multiple tenements (PEPRs and/or MOPs).
  • Where an operating plan for a private mine is combined in a single document MOP/PEPR with related production tenements and adopts a PEPR (rather than MOP) standard, the fee for the first single document MOP/PEPR will be $1,250.
  • A subsequent review of an approved single document MOP/PEPR will follow the PEPR review fee structure.
  • PEPRs which combine more than one tenement type (e.g. ML, EML, MPL, RL (excluding PMs)) will incur the fee equivalent to the primary associated production tenement.
  • PEPRs which combine newly granted production tenements with existing tenements (where the existing tenements already have an approved PEPR) will incur the PEPR review fee applied to the entire operation (excluding private mines).

General guidance

  • Fees will not be charged twice for a single PEPR, PEPR review, initial MOP or MOP alteration (i.e. outstanding matters or information requests being resolved for the same program scope).
  • Fees apply for PEPR reviews initiated by the tenement holder or directed by the Minister for Energy and Mining under sections 70C and 73G(4) of the Mining Act 1971.
  • Where annual production rate is used to determine the PEPR or MOP fee, the production rate will be the annual production rate stated in the PEPR or MOP submission.
  • To determine the mineral lease PEPR review fee, the larger of the approved PEPR rehabilitation liability estimate (RLE) or bond will be used. If there is no current approved PEPR RLE or bond applicable to the tenement, the proposed PEPR RLE in the PEPR submission will be used.
  • Information on when a review of an exploration E-PEPR can be submitted is outlined within frequently asked questions, and will be published in Minerals Regulatory Guideline MG22: Guidelines for conducting mineral exploration in South Australia (PDF 872 KB).
  • Unique scenarios will arise from time to time – the Minister for Energy and Mining or delegate has the right to reduce or waive fees on merit.
  • A fee calculator is available.

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For more information, contact:

Mineral Tenements
GPO Box 320 Adelaide SA 5001
Tel (+61) 08 8463 3103
DEM.Tenements@sa.gov.au