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The Mining Act 1971 makes the holder of an extractive mining lease (EML) or the owner of a private mine (PM) responsible for rehabilitation of that EML or PM. This responsibility is most effectively and most economically discharged when the site is progressively rehabilitated.

The Extractive Areas Rehabilitation Fund (EARF) is constituted under section 63 of the Mining Act 1971. The EARF is administered by the Government of South Australia's Mineral Resources Division, and provides a mechanism to fund certain rehabilitation activities on extractive mineral sites as approved by the Minister for Energy and Mining. The EARF is funded through contributions from a specified proportion of the royalty paid on each tonne of quarry product sold.

Funds for this purpose are allocated for approved rehabilitation projects according to the terms of the EARF Guidelines for Operation (PDF 1.8 MB) which provide information on the nature of rehabilitation works that might be funded under the EARF. These guidelines have been approved by the Minister for Energy and Mining and represent the framework within which the Minister will discharge his obligation under section 63 of the Mining Act 1971.

EARF forms

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For more information about the Extractive Areas Rehabilitation Fund contact:

Mining Regulation Branch
Phone: +61 8 8429 2385