This is your opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of our mineral resources and quarrying industries and have your say on improvements to our framework of mining laws. We are encouraging all South Australians to provide input into a review of the laws that guide the development of our State’s mineral resources industry.

South Australia has an international reputation in the mineral resources industry but it is vital that we continuously improve and review our regulatory environment.

On 27 September 2016 the Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources announced the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review of the Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920, the Mining Act 1971, and the Opal Mining Act 1995 with the view to introducing a bill to Parliament in mid-2017. This review will allow for the modernisation of these laws to ensure South Australia stays a leader in adopting modern and efficient practices for exploration and mining activities.

What is being discussed?

Three Leading Practice Mining Acts Review Discussion Papers have now been released on the respective Acts.

Discussion Paper on the Mines and Works Inspections Act 1920 and Regulations (PDF 2MB) has now been released for public consultation. This is the first in a series of three discussion papers to be released as part of the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review. The Mines and Works Inspection Act is now nearly 100 years old and its original intent was around the protection of property and amenity, the prevention of nuisance and the health and safety of mine workers and of the general public who may be affected by mining operations. However, the functions of this Act have now been largely replaced by more modern legislation offering far greater protections. The attached Discussion Paper discusses a number of options for reviewing this legislation. We welcome your views on these options.

You can provide your feedback on the Discussion Paper here. Comments on the paper are open until 24 February 2017.

Discussion Paper on the Mining Act 1971 and Regulations (PDF 9.2 MB) has now been released for public consultation. This is the second in a series of three discussion papers to be released as part of the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review. The Mining Act 1971 is the central piece of legislation that regulates exploration, mining and quarrying in South Australia.  The Act has not been holistically reviewed since 1971.  Since that time, rapid technological advances have meant that the industry practices have become far more modern, safe, sustainable and efficient – and community expectations around mining and quarrying (such as expectations around open community engagement) have vastly changed.  The attached Discussion Paper initiates a discussion about the objectives and processes of the Mining Act and Regulations so that we can identify ways of updating and improving regulatory processes, without compromising on their effectiveness and efficiency. We welcome your views on these options.

You can provide your feedback on the Discussion Paper here. Comments on the paper are open until 24 February 2017.

Discussion Paper on the Opal Mining Act 1995 and Regulations (PDF 3.4MB) has now been released for public consultation. This is the third in a series of of three discussion papers to be released as part of the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review.

Opal mining is an important and unique South Australian industry.  More than 95% of the world’s opal now comes from Australia, and approximately 50% of that production comes from South Australian opal fields.  The Act and the Regulations came into operation on 21 April 1997. Prior to that, opal mining in South Australia was regulated under Part 7 of the Mining Act 1971.  Only minor amendments have been made to the Act since it commenced. Recent consultation with the Regulation Branch, Department of State Development and opal mining associations has identified that some further amendments to the Act would enhance transparency and increase regulatory efficiency.  Any amendments identified throughout the Review should improve the Act’s ability to balance the various competing interests and priorities around opal mining, and increase community confidence in both the industry and regulatory process.

You can provide your feedback on the Discussion Paper here. Comments on the paper are open until 24 February 2017.

How can you get involved?

You are invited to comment on the Discussion Papers and to share this opportunity with your communities, colleagues and networks.

The documents are available through the links below and on the DSD-MER website.

Further information on the Leading Practice Review of South Australia's mining laws can be downloaded from the DSD-MER website

You can get involved by:

Ceduna Monday 30 January Ceduna Foreshore 
Motel

10.30am - 1.30pm &

4.30 - 7.30pm
Port Lincoln Wednesday 1 February Port Lincoln Hotel

9.00am - 12.30pm &

4.30 - 7.30pm
Maitland Thursday 2 February Central Yorke Football
Club

1.30 -  5.00pm &

6.00 - 8.00pm
Mount Barker Friday 3 February Auchendarroch 2.30 - 7.30pm

Adelaide

Friday 6 February Dept of State Development
Level 7, 101 Grenfell St
9.30am - 1.30pm

Burra

Thursday 9 February Burra Sports Complex 10.30am - 12.30pm

Port Augusta 

Thursday 9 February Standpipe Golf Motor Inn 6.30 - 9.30pm

Hawker

Friday 10 February Hawker Community
Sports Centre  
10.30am - 2.30pm

Whyalla

Monday 13 February  New Whyalla Hotel 11.00am - 3.30pm

McLaren Vale

Tuesday 14 February McLaren Vale Institute
Hall
10.30am - 2.30pm 
Coober Pedy   Wednesday 15 February Mud Hut Motel

1.00 - 4.00pm &

6.30 - 8.30pm 

Mount Gambier

Friday 17 February Main Corner Complex   11.00am - 1.00pm

Naracoorte

Friday 17 February Naracoorte Town Hall 4.00 - 6.00pm

We will also be available to talk with you at the Grain Producers SA meetings:

Wudinna Community Club 31 January 10.30am - 12.30pm
Cummins Bowling Club 31 January 2.30 - 4.30pm
Maitland's Central Yorke
Football Club
2 February 10.30am - 12.30pm
Murray Bridge Golf Club 3 February 10.30am - 12.30pm

For more information refer to the minerals website or contact the Department of State Development on 8463 3000. 

Because the Department intends to proactively engage with as many community members and stakeholders through as many forums as possible (e.g. the DSD website, written submissions, public forums and meetings, yourSAy, direct meetings with key stakeholders) the Department intends to consider, and transparently publish, relevant comments from this site. For this reason, all comments should be able to be clearly attributed to a person or organisation (the same standard placed on everyone making written submissions during consultation). Anonymous, unattributable or irrelevant comments may be removed if they can’t be verified. This will make sure everyone gets a fair hearing, and we encourage everyone to get involved and make a formal written submission. 

Want to know more?

Upcoming key dates

Fri, Feb 24 at 5:00 PM

SA Mining Laws - submissions and comments closing