Prospecting Licence Application Kit
|Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990|
Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
Earth Resources Regulation Victoria, Australia
This kit is designed to assist in the completion of the Prospecting Licence Application. The application requirements are outlined in Section 15 of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA) and Schedule 3A of the Mineral Resources Development Regulations 2002 (MRDR).
How to use this kit:
- You will need this kit and a copy of the latest version of the Prospecting Licence Application form which sets out the requirements of Schedule 3A of the MRDR.
- Answer each question in order, following the instructions in this booklet.
- When you have finished, make sure you have answered every question correctly. Note: Section 117 of the MRSDA provides that a person must not, by any false statement, misrepresentation or other dishonest means, obtain or attempt to obtain a licence. Penalties apply.
- Sign the application, include all attachments, and forward to:
Earth Resources Business CentreBusiness hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm
Department of Primary Industries
16th Floor, 1 Spring Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
- Note that the application date, for the purposes of the MRSDA, is the date that the Earth Resources Business Centre receives the complete application.
- It is important that you complete all questions on the Application Form and include all relevant attachments as otherwise the application cannot be accepted. You should also be aware that your application should be as comprehensive as possible, as your application may be competing against other applications lodged on the same day. If there are competing applications (overlapping the same land and lodged on the same day), then the order of priority is assigned after an assessment of the relative merits of the applications and the ability of the applicants to meet certain requirements. In the event that competing applications are received, each application will only be assessed on the details lodged with the application on the day it was lodged. In this instance, DPI may request clarification on details however there is no ability to add further details to the application.
- If you have any further queries, call the Earth Resources Business Centre of on (03) 9658 4456 or fax (03) 9658 4460, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Information provided on the application form may be disclosed to another government organisation for the purposes of administering or enforcing the MRSDA or a relevant Act and to the public for the purpose of land use advice.
For more information see http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/earth-resources/minerals/mineral-exploration-and-mining-requirements
Exploration licence, retention licence, prospecting licence and mining licence application forms are also available on disk for frequent users.
The Application Process
Acceptance of application
Only valid applications will be accepted. Acceptance of an application takes place at the Earth Resources Business Centre, Melbourne
To be considered valid, a prospecting licence application must contain all the information listed in Schedule 3A of the MRDR and any relevant requirements in section 15 of the MRSDA.
An application cannot be made over land that:
- is covered by an existing licence or application (unless made on the same day); or
- was covered by a previous licence or application less than 28 days ago; or
- is exempted from licences or applications (includes National and State parks); or
- is currently subject to a tender process.
A prospecting licence application can be made over land within an existing exploration licence (EL) or retention licence (RL) or EL or RL application if;
- the applicant is also the holder of or applicant for an EL or RL; or
- the written consent of the EL or RL holder/applicant accompanies the application; or
- an application for Section 25A exploration licence holder consent waiver, if the EL has been registered for more than two years and consent is unable to be obtained.
Note that a prospecting licence application is ineffective and must not be accepted where it is over land that abuts land covered by an adjoining prospecting licence and:
- that application has been made within 2 years after the registration of the adjoining prospecting licence; and
- the land to be covered by that application and land covered by other prospecting licences will form a contiguous area of land that exceeds 20 hectares.
After your prospecting licence application is accepted by DPI, if there are no competing applications, you will be informed by letter that your application has priority. If there are competing applications, the order of priority is assigned after an assessment of the relative merits of all competing applications and the ability of each applicant to meet certain requirements. You will be informed by letter of the outcome.
Requirements to process application
Once your application is awarded priority, you are required to advertise the application to notify the public of your intentions and provide the opportunity for objections.
Your application is assessed to ensure that:
- you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence;
- that you have an appropriate program of work; and
- that you are likely to be able to finance the proposed work and any rehabilitation.
DPI may also refer the application to other agencies for comment and advice of any land and heritage protection issues.
Fit and Proper Test
The matters to be considered by the Minister in determining whether a person is fit and proper, include whether the person has previously:
- failed to undertake rehabilitation required under the MRSDA and the Minister has taken action to rehabilitate the land under section 83 of the MRSDA;
- had a licence cancelled under the MRSDA;
- been convicted of an offence against the MRSDA; or
- been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty.
A person will not be considered to be fit and proper if they are currently an insolvent under administration.
In determining whether a person is fit and proper the Minister is not limited to consideration of the matters above.
Appeals to the Mining Warden where there is a dispute
The MRSDA provides that an applicant or a licensee may refer a dispute to the Mining Warden. The Mining Warden will hear the dispute and make a recommendation to the Minister or the Department Head. A dispute can arise under the MRSDA between:
- a licensee or an applicant and the Department Head or an employee of DPI; or
- a licensee or an applicant and the holder of a miner's right; or
- a licensee or an applicant and the owner or occupier of land; or
- a licensee and another licensee or an applicant for a licence; or
- an applicant and another applicant; or
- a member of the public and the Department Head (or an employee of DPI) in relation to work under a licence that directly and substantially affects, or is likely to affect, the member of the public.
It is important to note that a dispute does not include an action taken by the Minister (or the Minister's delegate). Consequently, any correspondence forwarded by the Minister or the Minister's delegate in relation to an action or proposed action e.g. proposed refusal, cannot be referred to the Mining Warden.
If the application area includes Crown land (other than Crown land where native title has been extinguished), the licence may be subject to native title and DPI cannot grant the licence until you have met the 'future act' provisions of the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 (NTA) or complied with the relevant land use activity agreements under the Traditional Owners Settlement Act 2010 (TOSA).
Note - The TOSA, once finalised, will provide for an out-of-court settlement of native title and delivery of land justice. The TOSA allows the Victorian Government to make agreements to recognise Traditional Owners and their rights in Crown land, in return for withdrawing native title claims and an agreement not to lodge future claims. Further information about the TOSA is available from the Department of Justice Native Title Unit (refer - www.justice.vic.gov.au).
You may choose from the following options (where applicable and if required):
- Excise all Crown land except those areas where native title has been extinguished (such as roads and road reserves) and therefore remove the obligation under the NTA or the TOSA; or
- Retain the Crown land and comply with the Right to Negotiate provisions of the NTA; or
- Retain the Crown land and reach an Indigenous Land Use Agreement under the NTA; or
- Retain the Crown land and comply with the relevant land use activity agreement under the TOSA.
You should consider the above options in relation to native title before you submit your application. There is a place on the application where you must indicate your choice so that processing of the application is not delayed.
Roads and road reserves are taken as having extinguished native title. However, there may be other areas of Crown land where native title has been extinguished by some previous exclusive possession act such as a commercial or residential lease.
If you choose option 1 you must assume that the only pieces of Crown land remaining within the licence area are roads and road reserves - unless you can demonstrate to DPI's satisfaction that native title has been extinguished on other pieces of Crown land.
If you choose options 2 or 3 and then demonstrate to DPI's satisfaction that native title has been extinguished by some previous exclusive possession act over all the Crown land within the application, then the NTA would not apply.
On grant, DPI will send you the registered licence document and information on the next steps required before you can start preparing to undertake work.
Mark out licence boundaries and survey
Within 4 weeks after grant of your prospecting licence you are required to mark out the licence boundaries with corner posts, trenches and information plates so that they are readily seen by a person in the area. Before marking out, you must have public liability insurance as required and private land owner/occupiers written consent or, if unable to obtain consent, an authority from DPI, to enter the land.
DPI may require the holder of a prospecting licence to provide a survey plan of the land covered by the licence if it is apparent that failure to provide a survey plan may result in a boundary dispute with a nearby licence.
Work plan, planning consent and Work Authority
A prospecting licence provides for approved exploration and/or mining activities to be undertaken. You will need to consult with a DPI Inspector and, if appropriate, land managers and the local municipal council while preparing your work plan.
An exploration work plan for ground-disturbing activities such as drilling or costeaning must contain all the information specified in Schedule 12 of the MRDR. A mining work plan for a prospecting licence must contain all the information specified in Schedule 13A of the MRDR.
DPI does not approve the mining work plan until after you have gained any required planning approval. A Work Authority which authorises you to carry out work in accordance with your approved mining work plan is granted once you have:
- An approved work plan, including a rehabilitation plan and a community engagement plan;
- Obtained a planning permit;
- Obtained consents or compensation agreements for any activities on private land;
- Consent for work on Restricted Crown land;
- Lodged a rehabilitation bond; and
- Given 7 days notice to the Chief Inspector and owners/occupiers of land affected of your intention to commence work.
You must have the required public liability insurance before you do any work on a licence.
Expenditure, Rent and Royalty
You must also comply with the conditions of your licence and report on your mining (or exploration) activities annually. A condition of the licence is that you must spend a specified minimum annual amount on work on the licence. Once granted, the annual Activity and Expenditure Return must be submitted within 28 days of the reporting date of 30 June in each year. Failure to submit the annual Activity and Expenditure Return by the due date may result in an infringement notice being issued.
Rent on a prospecting licence occurs from the grant date and is payable on the 30 June and 31 December each year and an invoice will be sent to you.
Royalty is payable for all minerals except gold and is payable on 30 June each year.Prospecting licences may be granted for a term not exceeding five years and cannot be renewed.
Prospecting Licence process
Questions 1 & 2
- Complete, for each applicant, surname, given names, title and date of birth details. Alternatively, if the applicant is an incorporated company, enter the Name of Incorporated Company and ABN (Australian Business Number).
Applications made by a company must be accompanied by a list of Directors (including their respective dates of birth details) and a Certificate of Registration of Company.
Note: At the time of lodgement the applicant(s) for a licence must be a legal entity. Applications made under trading names are not acceptable. As a company does not come into existence until incorporation, applications made by an unincorporated company will be invalid.
If the applicant is a registered company, it must give its registered business address. If the applicant is an individual, they must give a physical address (e.g. street number and name). A Post Office (PO) Box address is not acceptable but may be used for the correspondence address.
If there are more than two applicants, please indicate and include details of these applicants on a separate page attached to the application.
- Applications made by agents or other persons on behalf of companies or individuals must be accompanied by a signed authorisation by the applicant(s) to act on their behalf with respect to the licence application. If this is not done, the application will be invalid and will not be accepted.
If the agent is acting for the applicant(s) on more than one licence application, a copy of the authorisation must accompany each new application, and the original authorisation must be lodged with DPI.
- Indicate if the agent is to be the contact point for all enquiries regarding the application.
- If the contact address for correspondence differs from the business address, complete the address for correspondence regarding this application. If the agent is to be the usual contact point for all enquiries regarding this application, enter the agent’s address here.
|Note: You may withdraw an application in whole or part, by delivering a signed notice of withdrawal to the Earth Resources Business Centre. Any land that you withdraw from the application after you have been given priority is marked as “moratorium” in the spatial database and becomes available for application in 28 days.|
- Quote the name(s) of the 1:25,000 Mapsheet(s) over which the application area extends. These maps can be obtained from Information Victoria (telephone 1300 366 356) and its regional outlets, map shops or the Earth Resources Business Centre.
- the exact location of the application area;
- the length of each boundary AND its magnetic bearing;
- boundaries of Crown land, with Parishes and Crown Allotment Numbers;
- boundaries of private land and owners/occupiers names;
- if your application area covers agricultural land which you do not own, you must show the extent of this land (see 5 below).
If a 1:25,000 Mapsheet is unavailable for your application area, please contact DPI for advice on acceptable alternatives
- Determine if the land covered by the application is Crown land, or private land, or a mixture of both. Initial advice on the land status can be obtained by reference to DPI's 'GeoVic' computer system which can be inspected at DPI offices throughout Victoria. Details on the owners of private land are available from the Melbourne Land Titles Office.
Attach a map, using a 1:25,000 Mapsheet with MGA coordinates as a base, clearly showing:
- As well as showing the application area on the map, you should describe the application area in words. For instance 'south side of area coincides with North boundary of Crown Allotment 53C'; or 'application area abuts mining licence 9999'; or 'West boundary is defined by edge of road reserve'.
This will assist in the accurate recording of your application area and ensure that you are given priority (and in time granted a licence) over the correct land.
After grant you will be required to mark out the corners of the licence. You must mark out the licence as granted (not as applied for) and provide a survey plan after grant, if required. The survey must locate (and mark) the granted licence corners on the ground.
If you are intending to apply over private land but you are unsure about the exact location of nearby Crown land, you may wish as a precaution to state in your description that all Crown land is excised from the application area. (If there is any Crown land in the application area the licence cannot be granted until Native Title obligations have been met.)
- Calculate the area covered by the application, in hectares, and enter it in the application. The area must not exceed 5 hectares.
- Indicate whether the application area includes privately-owned agricultural land which you do not own.
- Ensure that the attached map clearly identifies the extent of any agricultural land.
'agricultural land' means private land that is used primarily for -
(a) cultivation for the purpose of selling the produce of the cultivation; or
(b) keeping animals or poultry for the purpose of selling them or produce derived from them; or
(c) keeping bees for the purpose of selling their honey; or
(d) commercial fishing; or
(e) the cultivation or propagation for sale of plants.
Enter the names and addresses of the owners and occupiers of private land covered by your application. If the land is owned by one party, but occupied by another, you must supply the names and addresses of both. Ensure that you have marked these names on the Map (Question 3).
Indicate whether this person is an owner or an occupier. Please attach a list if the space provided on the form is insufficient.
Under the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA), you are required to comply with the Right to Negotiate provisions of the NTA or reach an Indigenous Land Use Agreement. A booklet Information regarding the processing of minerals tenements under the Native Title Act 1993 is available from DPI. The booklet is intended as a guide only and is not legal advice. Please rely on your own legal advice about native title prior to making decisions about your interests.
Option 1: Excise all Crown land except those areas where native title has been extinguished
If you have chosen option 1, then your application is assessed to ensure that the requirements of the relevant sections of the MRSDA have been met.
Options 2 & 3: Applications with Crown land (other than Crown land where native title has been extinguished)
If you have chosen option 2 or 3 you need to meet the requirements of both the MRSDA and the NTA. These processes are conducted in parallel and both must be completed before the licence can be granted.
Option 4: Applications with Crown land where there is a relevant land use agreement under the TOSA
If you have chosen option 4, you need to meet the requirements of both the MRSDA and the TOSA. These processes are conducted in parallel and both must be completed before the licence can be granted. Please note that the TOSA Land Use Activity Agreements are anticipated to come into operation during 2013 - refer to Department of Justice for further details.
|Note: 'Crown land' as referred to in Question 5 does not include the Crown land that occurs at depth under private land. (Many freehold land titles were granted to 15.2 metres, ie 50 feet, and therefore are underlain at depth by Crown land.)|
If the application area lies within either a granted or applied for EL or RL held by another party, indicate this in the application. You must obtain written consent from the licence holder or applicant for you to hold a prospecting licence within the licence. You will need to attach the EL or RL consent to the application. If the EL has been registered for more than two years and EL consent cannot be obtained, you will need to attach a Section 25A exploration licence holder consent waiver application (refer back of application form).
Details of existing licences can be obtained from the Earth Resources Business Centre or DPI's GeoVic computer system. Refer - www.dpi.vic.gov.au/earth-resources/exploration-and-mining/tools-and-resources/geovic
Nominate the period for which the licence is required. Base this on the size of the resource, the exploration and/or mining proposed, and the time required to obtain all necessary consents.
Prospecting licences may be granted for a term not exceeding five years and cannot be renewed.
It is a requirement of Section 15(1BA) of the MRSDA that you must nominate the minerals proposed to be explored for and/or mined as this will affect your expenditure requirement (see Question 9). Certain non-metallic or industrial minerals, such as mineral sands, attract a lower expenditure requirement than metallic minerals such as gold.
Where no specific minerals are nominated for this item, then the metallic mineral expenditure guidelines (which are the highest) will apply.
You must indicate the minerals to be explored for and/or mined.
Estimate your annual expenditure for year one and year two and for the requested term of the prospecting licence.
Your licence will require certain minimum expenditure. In cases where there are no competing applications, expenditure requirement will be set according to DPI guidelines (see below) irrespective of the expenditure nominated in the application.
Mining for Metallic Minerals (e.g. Gold, Silver, Copper, Zinc, Antimony)
5 Ha or less
$15,000 per year
Mining for Non-Metallic Minerals (e.g. Kaolin, Diatomite, Mineral Sands)
5 Ha or less
$5,000 per year
Where the area is subject to a competing number of applicants (MRSDA Section 23) the nominated expenditure will be considered as one factor in determining the successful applicant. In this case, your proposed expenditure (if higher than the DPI rate) will be adopted as the licence expenditure requirement.
|Note: For prospecting licences mining gypsum there is no minimum expenditure requirement.|
In order to comply with the provisions of Section 15(6)(d) of the MRSDA relating to the applicant's ability to finance the proposed work and rehabilitation of the land, the following information is required to support the application:
Company (with an audited financial report):
- Net equity (obtained from the balance sheet of the audited financial statements);
- Professional expertise in lieu of expenditure (refer to note below);
- Line of credit from a recognised financial institution; and/or
- Prospectus (must be underwritten).
In completing the application, you are required to enter in the amounts against each field. In respect to audited reports, you only need to write down the Net Equity figure.
Individuals or Company (without audited financial report):
- Bank statement (no older than six months);
- Professional expertise in lieu of expenditure (refer note below);
- Line of credit from a recognised financial institution;
- Prospectus (must be underwritten);
- List of Plant & Equipment (owned by the applicant), and to be used for the sole purpose of work to which the application applies; and/or
- Share certificates.
In completing the application, you are required to enter in the amounts against each field. In respect to providing a bank statement, the applicant must advise of known liabilities that will affect the balance of the bank statement within a twelve month period. DPI reserves the right to seek from the applicant a copy of an updated bank statement at any time during the life of the licence.
DPI measures your 'Net Financial Position' against the required expenditure for the application if granted for the first two years (i.e. the 'Net Financial Position' must exceed the required expenditure). Only the above information will be accepted as demonstrating the applicant's ability in meeting section 15(6)(d) of the MRSDA.
All information relating to financial details must be no older than six months at the time the information is submitted. You must disclose whether any of the applicants is an undischarged bankrupt, is in receivership or is under administration.
Value of own labour
The applicants own labour can be counted as expenditure up to an amount of $25,000 per year. To claim an amount above $25,000 will require verification to substantiate the claim, eg. evidence of qualifications/experience/hours worked/rates of pay.
Provide details of the field of expertise of person(s) undertaking the exploration and mining program, including the applicant's expertise and any technical advisors to be engaged (i.e. geologist, engineer).
If these advisors are not employees of the applicant, you should indicate so in the place provided on the form. A statement, signed by the technical advisor and agreeing to act for the applicant, must be provided with the application form. If requested, the applicant should be able to provide evidence of their advisors' qualifications and a copy of their Curriculum Vitae.
Indicate your experience in exploration and mining activities.
Attach details or supplementary documents as necessary to provide information. This information might be important if DPI is required to determine a competing application.
The matters to be considered by the Minister in determining whether a person is fit and proper are outlined in the overview section of the application kit.
In considering these matters the Minister must take account of the circumstances that lead to the action, the nature of the offence, the penalty imposed and when the action was taken or the offence committed.
The fit and proper requirements extend to associates of licence applicants. An associate is defined as a director, partner, trustee, executive officer, secretary or any other officer or person associated or connected with the ownership, administration or management of the applicant's business.
In determining whether a person is fit and proper, the Minister is not limited to consideration of the matters above.
The application must be accompanied by details of the proposed work program. A work program is a general outline of the work proposed. It should describe the type of exploration and/or mining activities to be undertaken on the licence and must include a sketch map showing the location of the proposed works in relation to the boundaries of the application area. Examples of a work program for a prospecting licence are given in Appendix 2 attached.
If you are granted a licence and no work is proposed on agricultural land then you may notify DPI and elect to have the proposed work program considered for approval as the work plan. Refer to Schedule 13A "Information required for a Work Plan for a Prospecting Licence" as a guide when preparing your work program - refer Appendix 1 attached.
DPI may seek clarification of the work program where there are competing applications.
Calculate the appropriate fee. The application must be accompanied by the correct fee or it will not be accepted.
The application fee for a prospecting licence is 40 fee units.
Fees and charges are varied from time to time, so it is important to refer to the current version of Schedule 19 of the MRDR at the time of application. A list of the current fees is outlined on the DPI Website at http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/about-us/legislation/fees/earth-resources
Advice is available upon request from DPI offices including the Earth Resources Business Centre (see first page of this booklet for contact details). If paying by cheque, make cheques payable to "Department of Primary Industries".
When submitting the application, you must attach:
- A map showing the area covered by the application; and
- The application fee; and
- The proposed work program/plan; and
- Evidence of financial capacity.
Depending on your answers to the questions, you may also need to attach the following:
- A list of directors of the Company including date of birth details;
- A copy of the Certificate of Registration of the Company;
- Signed authorisation from the applicant for an agent to act on their behalf;
- An application for Section 25A exploration licence holder consent waiver;
- A statement by non-employee advisors of their agreement to act as advisors for this application; and/or
- Other attachments such as audited reports to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) or other evidence of financial capacity to fund the proposed expenditure.
Describe these attachments in the blank space provided on the application. Indicate in the place provided on the application whether the application is accompanied by each attachment.
The application is invalid and will not be accepted if these items are not supplied where they are required.
Before you sign the Declaration, ensure that:
- You have answered every question;
- All the information you have given is true and correct to the best of your knowledge;
- You have attached all the required supporting documentation; and
- You have attached payment for the appropriate fee.
All applications must be signed. If the application is in joint names, then all parties or their authorised representative(s) must sign the application form.
If one or more of the applicants is a Company, applications made by a Company must be signed by a Company Director or Company Secretary, or alternatively by a person who can provide written evidence that they are authorised to act on behalf of the Company with respect to that application.
Each signature should have the name and position of the person in the Company clearly printed. Priority is allocated according to the day the application is received by the Earth Resources Business Centre, Melbourne (see first page of this booklet).
Other Sources of Information
There are several sources of information which will be useful to licensees throughout the life of their licence. All are available through the Earth Resources Business Centre.
The MRSDA and the MRDR are essential reference documents for all licensees and are available through Information Victoria on telephone 1300 366 356 or at the DPI Website www.dpi.vic.gov.au, see Earth Resources/Minerals/Legislation.
DPI has released a series of booklets providing useful information about different aspects of holding a licence under the MRSDA.
- Prospecting Licence Guidelines
- Guidelines for Description of a Mineral Resource in a Mining Licence or Retention Licence Application
- Exploration and Rehabilitation of Mineral Exploration Sites
- Abandonment of Mineral Drillholes
- Rehabilitation and Environmental Aspects of Mining and Extractive work plans
- Standard Work Plan guidelines
- Area Work Plan guidelines
- Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration
- Why Licence Compliance Matters
- Community Engagement Guidelines for Mining and Mineral Exploration
- Guidance Notes for Aboriginal heritage Act/Heritage Act
- Mineral Exploration and Mining- Land Ownersâ€™ Questions Answered
- Mineral Tenements and the Native Title Act 1993
- Native Vegetation Management guide for Earth Resource Industries
- Environmental Review Committee Guidelines
- Exploration Licence Application Kit
- Mining Licences Application Kit
- Retention Licence Application Kit
- Prospecting Licence Application Kit
- Guidelines for preparing Environment Effects Statements for Mining Projects.
The Minerals Council of Australia (Victorian Division) has also produced several publications which provide information to explorers and miners, including the Guide to Private Landowners Regarding Exploration and Mining on Private Land.
If you have any comments regarding this Application Kit and the accompanying Application Form, please forward them to the:
Earth Resources Business Centre
Department of Primary Industries
Level 16, 1 Spring Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
(GPO Box 4440 Melbourne, Victoria 3001 Australia)
Phone (03) 9656 4456 or fax (03) 9658 4460
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN WORK PLAN FOR A PROSPECTING LICENCE
- A general description of any test work undertaken in the licence area.
- A general location plan at scale of 1:100 000, 1:50 000 or 1:25 000
- A regional plan at scale of 1:25 000 showing the extent of Crown lands, private lands, private land allotments for the proposed work plan area, and, where possible, parks and reserves, within 2 km of the site.
- A plan of the licence area at an appropriate scale which shows -
- the proposed buildings and surface facilities; and
- access roads and tracks; and
- the location of any proposed tailings dams and water dams; and
- the general drainage pattern of the area; and
- the extent of open-cut and underground mining
- A description of proposed mineral recovery methods
- A description of rehabilitation proposals including -
- proposals for the progressive rehabilitation and stabilisations of extraction areas; and
- proposals for the removal of any plant or equipment (if relevant).
- A description of any significant community facilities that may be affected by the proposed works.
- A community engagement plan that -
- identifies any community likely to be affectedby mining activities authorised by the licence; and
- includes proposals for -
- providing information to the community; and
- recieving and considering feedback from the community - in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence; and
- includes a proposal for responding to compalaints and other commmunications from members of the community in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence.
Sample diagrammatic Work Program for an underground mine over no more than 5 hectares
Sample diagrammatic Work Program for an alluvial mine over no more than 5 hectares