Mine Closure Plan Guideline open for consultation

Supporting efficiencies introduced by the Mining Amendment Act 2022
Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2024

The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on updates to its Mine Closure Plan (MCP) Guideline.

The purpose of this guideline is to assist applicants in preparing mine closure plans in accordance with the Mining Act 1978 (the Mining Act) and the Mining Regulations 1981

DEMIRS has reviewed the MCP guidance in conjunction with the recently released draft guidelines for developing a Mining Development and Closure Proposal (MDCP) – a key feature introduced in the Mining Amendment Act 2022 – to ensure the documents align and duplication is reduced as far as possible.  

Under efficiencies introduced by the Mining Amendment Act 2022, a standalone MCP will no longer be required at the project approval stage, removing duplication and streamlining decision-making.

While the Mining Act will still require MCPs to be submitted throughout the life of a mine, they will function as a planning tool to demonstrate an operation is tracking towards successful closure.

DEMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Executive Director Tyler Sujdovic encourages stakeholders to engage with a number of consultation drafts the department has planned for the approvals space this year. 

"DEMIRS is progressing a number of initiatives introduced by the Mining Amendment Act 2022, which aims to create efficiencies and streamline decision making for a simpler approvals process.”

“In addition to the draft MCP guideline and draft MDCP guideline, stakeholders are also invited to provide feedback on the draft regulations for Eligible Mining Activities that were recently released.”

More information on the documents and the feedback process can be found at the open consultation page. Feedback submissions close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 25 June.