South Australia has rich and diverse land resources suitable for multiple land uses. The Department for Energy and Mining is committed to ensuring that the state’s resources are developed in a way that balances environmental management, economics, science, land access and stakeholder engagement.

Communities are at the centre of the energy and mining sectors and should be involved in the decisions that affect them.

Companies must comply with all relevant legislation, standards and operating conditions. This includes specific native title and Aboriginal heritage protections.

DEM subscribes to the South Australian government’s Better Together engagement principles and encourages companies in the energy and mining sectors to engage with local communities early, in a transparent and respectful manner, and keep doing so throughout projects. Following these principles will help to establish and maintain healthy working relationships that are likely to result in lower project risks and better outcomes for both companies and communities.

Consultations open for public comment and past engagements can be found on the YourSAy website

Current DEM consultations

Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act

We are seeking your views on a new Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act, which would introduce a ‘one window to government’ licensing and regulatory system for the lifecycle of large-scale hydrogen and renewable energy projects in South Australia, is being considered.

Read more about the proposed new act and the issues that need to be considered, and have your say on the proposed provisions to be included in the act:

Consultation closes on 10 February 2023.

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act

A new draft Bill to amend the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (the PGE Act) has been prepared.

Read more about the proposed changes:

This consultation has now closed.

Past DEM consultations

Previous consultations are listed on the Past consultations page of the DEM website.

Related content

For more information


Phone +61 8 8463 3000