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Updated guidelines

The following guidelines have been revised to reflect updates included in the Mining Regulations 2020, made under the updated Mining Act 1971.

Drafts of the following updates to guidelines are available.

Other guidelines on this page are currently being reviewed and updated.

Community engagement

MG4 Landowner rights and access arrangements for mineral exploration and mining (PDF 4.1 MB)
Updated December 2020 

Part 1: guidelines for landowners - information about landowner statutory rights and what may be expected in regards to proposed exploration and mining operations on (or near) property

Part 2: guidelines for explorers - information for explorers on the principles of effective engagement and consultation


MG27 Community guide to early and advanced exploration activities in South Australia (PDF 4.9 MB)
March 2020

It is important that landowners, including native title groups, understand the business of mineral exploration to be able to make informed decisions. This guide:

  • provides landowners, land managers, native title and community groups with an overview of mineral exploration in South Australia
  • outlines approvals required for land access and exploration, native title, Aboriginial heritage and protected areas.

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Exploration

MG25 Guidelines for explorers on Aboriginal engagement, good faith negotiation and agreement making (PDF 4.1 MB)
October 2019

Basic information on how to commence engagement with native title groups or other traditional owners to facilitate land access for mineral exploration - contact native title groups for more specific advice on how they wish to proceed according to their individual preferences


MG4 Guidelines: landowner rights and access arrangements in relation to mineral exploration and mining in South Australia (PDF 5.0 MB)
Updated December 2020 

Part 1: information about landowner statutory rights and what may be expected in regards to proposed exploration and mining operations on (or near) property.

Part 2: information for explorers on the principles of effective engagement and consultation.


MG31: Engagement, negotiating and agreement-making (PDF)
Published December 2020

This guide supports explorers and miners, landowners and the community with information on building good working relationships and provides general guidance relating to resource exploration and mining projects, including quarries.


MG34: Preparing a community engagement plan (PDF 4.7 MB)
Published December 2020

This guideline aims to help mining companies prepare their community engagement plan, offering practical steps for preparation and tools to facilitate the process.

For local communities, it offers an overview of the department’s expectations for how companies should be undertaking community engagement.


MG27 Community guide to early and advanced exploration activities in South Australia (PDF 4.9 MB)

It is important that landowners, including native title groups, understand the business of mineral exploration to be able to make informed decisions. This guide:

  • provides landowners, land managers, native title and community groups with an overview of mineral exploration in South Australia
  • outlines approvals required for land access and exploration, native title, Aboriginial heritage and protected areas.

MG24 Establishing and registering a mineral claim in South Australia (PDF 2.6 MB)

A mineral claim is a type of mining tenement under the Mining Act, and is an important step towards applying for a mineral lease. Establishing and registering a claim requires negotiations regarding land access and other authorisations, agreements and consents before pegging the claim.

This guideline sets out how you go about establishing and registering a mineral claim and what you can do on the claim once it is registered.


DRAFT Exploration licences guideline MG33 (version 2, February 2021) (PDF 1.5 MB)
Draft revised February 2021 
This new departmental guideline will cover changes to the regulations in relation to exploration licensing. The new guideline will replace and supersede the previous guidelines, M05 Mineral exploration licences - General conditions, procedures and information and MG17 Guidelines: applying for mineral exploration release areas (ERAs) in South Australia (PDF 1.3 MB)

The revised draft includes the following important updates and additions:

  • Exploration expenditure policy (page 22) - revised rates
  • Dealings on an EL (page 40) - new content including information about EL transfers
  • Transition to the amended Mining Act (page 44) - missing content added

March 2018 

In South Australia mineral exploration licence holders have a statutory requirement under the Mining Act 1971 and Mining Regulations 2011 to submit data and reports on their activities.

These guidelines have been produced to assist licensees in the preparation and submission of statutory reports and samples for mineral exploration licences in South Australia and to ensure integrity of data and compliance with the Mineral Resources Division's policies.

Submission of reports and samples allows for assessment of exploration progress, in accordance with licence conditions, and ensures that data obtained in the course of exploration can be effectively captured to ensure future availability to the exploration industry.


MG20: Radioactive core storage and handling: standard operating procedure (PDF 4.0 MB)
Version 1.0, February 2016

By its nature, some drill core contains radioactive material. This document provides practical guidelines for staff and visitors of the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library in the storage and handling of radioactive drill core.


Version 2.0 July 2015

A condition of the approval given for proposed drilling for minerals in South Australia is that mineral exploration licence holders provide the Department for Energy and Mining with geological samples obtained during the course of operations.

These guidelines provide advice on sample selection, quantities required, labelling and required accompanying information.


Draft MG22: Conducting mineral exploration in South Australia (PDF 913.3 KB)
December 2020 

The updated guideline will provide information for explorers when conducting mineral exploration within South Australia, including advice on the preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for submission and approval under the updated Mining Act and regulations.

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Mining: regulation processes

MG1: Quarrying and mining (PDF 395 KB)
Version 3, October 2021

This guideline provides an overview of the regulatory framework for mining and describes the

  • process for preparing an application
  • authorisations required before operations can start
  • requirements for a change in operations application.

MG32: Opal prospecting and mining (PDF 3.6 MB)
Published December 2020

Information on precious stones fields, how to obtain a precious stones prospecting permit and the requirements to prospect and mine for opal both within and outside a precious stones field.


MG4 Guidelines: landowner rights and access arrangements in relation to mineral exploration and mining in South Australia (PDF 5.0 MB)
Updated December 2020 

Part 1: information about landowner statutory rights and what may be expected in regards to proposed exploration and mining operations on (or near) property.

Part 2: information for explorers on the principles of effective engagement and consultation.

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Mining: regulatory guidelines

MG2a Preparation of a mining application for metallic and industrial minerals (PDF 2.6 MB)
Updated December 2020 

A mining proposal is required to support an application for a mineral lease or a miscellaneous purposes licence. It provides a structured assessment of the impacts to the environment associated with the proposed mining operations, taking into consideration the environmental setting and views of stakeholders.

Note that this guideline is exclusively for metallic and industrial minerals.


MG2b Preparation of a PEPR for metallic and industrial minerals (PDF 2.6 MB)
Updated December 2020

Detailed information to assist the tenement holder on how to prepare a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) that meets requlatory requirements. Includes updates to waste rock and tailings storage facilities (Section 3.3.6.1), format and submission of PEPR documents (Section 4), assessment of proposed changes to a mining operation (Section 8); addition regarding SEB in pastoral country (Section 3.3.8), PIRSA Pastoral Unit contact information (Section 10).


MG3 Preparation of a mining compliance report (DOCX 560 KB)
Updated August 2021

Detailed information to assist the tenement holder on how to prepare a mining compliance report that meets the regulatory requirements of the Mining Act. Includes instructions and template for submissions. A compliance report provides assurance to the community, industry, government and other stakeholders that regulatory obligations are being met.

A Mining Compliance Report Template has been developed to assist tenement holders and facilitate effective and timely assessment by the Mineral Resources Division.

Online mining compliance report submissions must be made using the following submission form:

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Mining: technical guidelines

MG30: Development of environmental outcomes for quarrying and mining (PDF 1.1 MB)
Updated December 2020

This guideline has been developed to improve efficiency and clarity for quarrying and mining applicants, and assist proponents and stakeholders by:

  • providing regulator-approved environmental outcome wording
  • providing a better understanding of government and stakeholder expectations regarding appropriate environmental outcomes, enabling these to be considered at early project planning stages
  • ensuring consistency of environmental outcomes
  • explaining the regulatory and policy principles that apply to the setting of environmental outcomes.

MG16 Guide for a significant environmental benefit for the clearance of native vegetation associated with the minerals and petroleum industry (PDF 2 MB)
Native Vegetation Council, August 2017

All mining, petroleum and geothermal operations (other than exploration) that involve the clearance of native vegetation must be undertaken in accordance with a management plan that the Native Vegetation Council is confident will result in a significant environmental benefit.

This guide provides operators that undertake activities subject to the Mining Act 1971 or the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 with an understanding of the process for obtaining approval to clear native vegetation and the significant environmental benefit requirements under the Native Vegetation Act 1991 and Native Vegetation Regulations 2017.


Version 1.0, August 2013

Landscape function analysis (LFA) is a monitoring tool to qualify landscape sustainability. Mining lease operators can use the tool when developing a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) or a mine rehabilitation monitoring program.

This document introduces the concept of LFA and provides easy to use instructions for LFA in mine rehabilitation monitoring programs, including how to report LFA. It is designed to be used in conjunction with its companion volume, MG21 Field guide for landscape function analysis for environmental monitoring and assessment (PDF 15.9 MB)


September 2013

Landscape function analysis (LFA) is a monitoring tool to qualify landscape sustainability. Mining lease operators can use the tool when developing a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) or a mine rehabilitation monitoring program. An overview of LFA and step-by-step guide in how to conduct LFA.

The document provides an overview of LFA and step-by-step guide in how to conduct an LFA.

It is designed to be used in conjunction with its companion volume, MG19 Guidelines for data entry and reporting of landscape function analysis (PDF 1.9 MB)

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Extractive minerals

Guidelines to assist with the preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for surface quarrying operations. The guidelines specify the minimum information required to be provided in the PEPR to ensure compliance with the Mining Act 1971, Mining Regulations 2020 and Terms of Reference 002 Extractive mineral quarry PEPRs (PDF 444 KB).

Checklist

These guidelines only apply to operations authorised under a private mine. The guidelines provide detailed information for private mine operators on how to prepare a MOP and explain the ongoing statutory requirements for mining compliance reports under regulation 77 of the Mining Regulations and Terms of Reference 009 Mining compliance reports (PDF 561 KB).

Checklist

MG23 Mining proposals and PEPRs for quarries with defined impacts (PDF 3.6 MB)
September 2021 

This guide will help small-scale quarry applicants prepare a mining proposal (MP) and program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR).


MG38 New quarry applications (PDF 7.3 MB)
November 2021 

This guideline will assist the applicant to prepare an extractive minerals tenement application that contains the necessary content and detail to be compliant with the Mining Act 1971, Mining Regulations 2020 and Terms of Reference 003 Extractive mineral quarry lease/licence applications (TOR 003).