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Mining regulation report 2014A new snapshot of the regulatory performance of South Australia’s mineral resource sector is now available.

The first Annual Mining Regulation Report summarises both the regulatory activities of the Department of State Development and the performance of the State’s mining and quarrying industries.

The Department of State Development’s Executive Director, Mineral Resources, Dr Ted Tyne said the release of this report continues the State Government’s commitment to deliver trusted and efficient regulation as a foundation to build both community and business confidence.

“South Australia’s regulators perform a massive body of work ranging from detailed mining assessments, compliance inspections, issuing enforcement actions and undertaking royalty audits,” Dr Tyne said.

“These actions ensure this State remains one of the world’s best regulated jurisdictions and provides confidence to the community that resource companies are meeting their obligations.”

The 2014 Annual Mining Regulation report shows:

  • South Australia has 664 mining operations ranging in size and complexity from small quarries to technically complex and capital intensive metallic and uranium operations. 
  • There were 357 actively-producing, royalty-generating operations, with the remainder at operational stages ranging from project inception to decommissioning and rehabilitation.
  • Assessments were carried out on 68 mining lease proposals and programs for environmental rehabilitation for new and operating mines.
  • Regulators carried out  554 mine site inspections, 53 incidents were reported, the public registered 76 complaints, mostly about dust and blasting activities, and 24 ministerial enquiries were processed.
  • There were 41 formal instructions issued leading to two formal legal directions.
  • The report also covers the regulation of the State’s opal fields. Regulators from the Department’s Coober Pedy office carried out more than a 1000 opal field compliance inspections.

Dr Tyne said along with the release of the new snapshot, the Department has also updated guidelines to provide clear guidance to companies proposing to mine metallic and industrial minerals in South Australia.

The two companion guidelines:

set out the essential requirements to be met when applying to mine in this State.

“These guides aim to boost community and industry trust and confidence by providing greater upfront clarity to mining companies about regulatory expectations in South Australia,” Dr Tyne said.

The 2014 Annual Mining Regulation report and the new guidelines are available for download from the Mining regulation reports page of this website, and the new guidelines can be downloaded from the Regulatory guidelines page.

[Released 5 November 2015] 

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