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Mining and Resources Policy

The state policy which governs the way that mining, petroleum production and extractive material resource proposals are assessed and developed in NSW is called the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 (Mining SEPP).


The Mining SEPP aims to manage and sustainably develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of the community.


On 31 August 2015 Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced the State’s mining policy would be changed to provide a more balanced framework for decision making.


The new legislation came into effect Wednesday 2 September 2015. For more information – click here

The NSW Government has now released a discussion paper on Improving Mine Rehabilitation in NSW to seek feedback on proposed improvements to the regulatory framework for rehabilitation of major mining projects. This is on public exhibition until Friday 16 February 2018. Find out more.

Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy

The Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy describes the NSW Government’s policy for the management of noise and dust (particulate matter) impacts from State significant mining, petroleum and extractive industry developments.


Clause 12A of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 requires consent authorities to consider any applicable provisions of the Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy before determining an application for consent for State significant development for the purposes of mining, petroleum production or extractive industry.

Amendments to this Policy are on exhibition from 30 November 2017 to 16 February 2018. View the proposed amendments and make an online submission.

Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment for Potential Coal and Petroleum Exploration Release Areas

The PRIA is part of the Government’s broader Strategic Release Framework that allows for the controlled, strategic release and competitive allocation of coal and petroleum (CSG) prospecting titles in New South Wales.


A copy of the draft guidelines is available here.


Resources Advisory Forum

The Resources Advisory Forum has been established to provide advice to the Department of Planning and Environment on a range of complex, state-wide issues relating to resource assessments in NSW.


The inaugural meeting was held on 28 October 2015, bringing together expert environment and community groups with industry, academia and local government to discuss issues around resource planning and assessment in NSW.


Resources Advisory Forum documents

Meeting summaries

Further information:

Telephone: 1300 305 695

Page last updated: 13/12/2017