Survey Standards for Mining Licences and Retention Licences (& Prospecting Licences, if Applicable)
1. The boundaries of land covered by a mining licence or a retention licence (& prospecting licence, if applicable) must be surveyed and marked on the ground with posts, trenches and information plates in accordance with the Mineral Resources Development Regulations 2002.
2. Surveys shall be made and tested to the standard of accuracy specified at Schedule 6 of the Survey Co-ordination (Surveys) Regulations 1992 in accordance with the following classification table:
|Urban residential areas||C3|
Where: C and D denote classifications of linear precision of 1:8,000 and 1:6,000 respectively and 3 denotes a classification of angular precision of 20 seconds of arc per individual angle.
3. Surveys of mining licences or retention licences (& prospecting licences, if applicable) located on freehold land, or within 500 m of freehold land, shall be connected to the cadastral boundaries of any land affected by, or within 500 m of, the licence as the case may be.
4. Surveys requiring definition of, or connections to, cadastral boundaries should be undertaken by a licensed surveyor and carried out in accordance with the Surveyors (Cadastral Surveys) Regulations 1985 prepared under the Surveyors Act 1978.
5. Surveys shall be connected to the Map Grid of Australia (MGA94) co-ordinate system to the relevant standard of accuracy as described at paragraph 2 where the mining licence or retention licence (& prospecting licence, if applicable) is in:
- an urban residential area, or
- a rural area.
6. Surveys shall be adequately connected to any permanent marks existing in the vicinity of the licence.
7. A survey plan of the land covered by the licence shall be drawn preferably on the pro-forma sheets available from the Department and show the following information:
- dimensions, area and MGA94 co-ordinates of the land covered by the licence,
- all cadastral boundaries and connections thereto located inside and/or adjacent to or within the 500 m of the land covered by the licence as the case may be,
- parcel identifiers e.g. Crown allotment and section numbers, parish, township and municipal names; lot and plan of subdivision numbers; road names, etc.,
- the status of any Crown land e.g. Government road, National Park, gravel reserve, State Forest etc.,
- adjoining mining, prospecting or retention licences
- permanent marks and connections thereto,
- north point,
- bar scale and representative ratio,
- certification by a licensed surveyor where appropriate.
8. Where cadastral boundaries have been re-established, the surveyor's Abstract of Fieldnotes must accompany the survey plan.