The Mining Regulation and Rehabilitation Branch of DMITRE regulates all operating mine and quarry sites. Each mining operation has a DMITRE Mining Compliance officer who is responsible for ensuring the site is operated in compliance with lease conditions and its program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR).
The provision for a PEPR under the amended Mining Act commenced on 1 July 2011. This replaced the regulation under the Mining Act relating to the requirement for a Mining and Rehabilitation Program (MARP).
Mining proposals and applications
There is a two-stage authorisation process for mining in South Australia.
Applications for a mineral lease (ML) or extractive mineral lease (EML), retention lease (RL) or miscellaneous purposes licence (MPL) must be supported by a 'Mining Lease Proposal'.
Once a tenement is granted, a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) is required to be approved before mining may commence.
Appropriate documentation is required to be prepared and submitted to DMITRE for approval. The purpose of the documentation is to provide a comprehensive and detailed description of environmental, social and economic risks and benefits of the proposed operation so that stakeholders and DMITRE can make an informed, risk-based and balanced judgement about the proposed operation.
Documents in support of applications for mineral leases and licences to enable mining operations may be posted for public comment under the Public Notices section of this website.
Regulatory guidelines have been developed by DMITRE to assist mining companies in understanding the approvals process, including environmental responsibilities, native title issues and to assist in helping inform the community of the exploration and mining process.
Consultants who specialise in assisting mining companies to prepare appropriate documentation may be listed in the 'Mining Proposals and Programs (preparation of)' category of DMITRE's South Australia Minerals Service Directory.
Self assessment tool for management systems
Coal seam gas and large coal mining developments
Under a National Partnership Agreement coal seam gas and large coal mining developments must be referred to an Independent Expert Scientific Committee for advice if the proposal is likely to have a significant impact on water resources.
Uranium incident reports
South Australia's uranium mines and processing facilities are required to report incidents involving the unplanned release of radioactive process materials, radioactive liquids or radioactive wastes associated with the physical and chemical processing of uranium ores, following Standard criteria and procedures.
Information about some of the developing projects that DMITRE is case managing through the approvals process.
Information about mines for which a MARP or PEPR has been approved.
Minerals Regulatory Guidelines
MG16 Guidelines for a native vegetation significant environmental benefit policy for the clearance of native vegetation associated with the minerals and petroleum industry. Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (.pdf 609.8kb)