MDCP guideline open for consultation

Framework to deliver efficiency of mining activity approvals
Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2024

The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the draft guideline for developing a Mining Development and Closure Proposal (MDCP).

MDCPs are being introduced as a key feature of the Mining Amendment Act 2022 to improve the efficiency of applications for mining activities.

Submitting a MDCP will replace the requirement to provide a Mining Proposal and Mine Closure Plan at the project approval stage, reducing duplication and resulting in streamlined decision-making.

The draft MDCP guideline seeks to clearly identify the content requirements of a MDCP application and has been informed by feedback received on the MDCP discussion paper, released for consultation in May 2023.

A Response to Submission document is available here.

DEMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Executive Director Tyler Sujdovic said the department was one step closer to establishing a framework that will increase the efficiency of assessment processes, as well as monitoring compliance with conditions of approval. 

“We appreciate all stakeholder interest in the MDCP discussion paper,” Mr Sujdovic said.

“In addition to support from our industry reference group, we have received valuable feedback that has assisted us in developing a draft guidance document for industry.

“We encourage stakeholders to continue providing feedback so we can develop a comprehensive MDCP guideline that will benefit industry, as well as support the department in our role as a regulator.”

More information on the draft MDCP guideline is available on the open consultations page. The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, 27 May 2024