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1 December 2017: Department of Planning and Environment news

Release of NSW Government Discussion Paper on improving mine rehabilitation

Today the NSW Government released a Discussion Paper which seeks to engage industry and the community on options for improvements to the regulatory framework for the rehabilitation of major mining projects in NSW.

The Department of Planning and Environment, which includes the Division of Resources and Geoscience looks forward to your feedback.

What reforms are being proposed?

The Discussion Paper proposes new rehabilitation policy for all major mining projects, including best practice requirements for progressive rehabilitation, increased transparency, and ensuring rehabilitation can sustain post mining land uses.

It proposes additional standards for new major mining projects, including requirements for rehabilitation proposals to maximise positive environmental, social and economic outcomes, be compatible with the surrounding land use, and for proponents to consult with the community early in the planning process.

The Discussion Paper also proposes a policy framework to inform the assessment of final mining voids, where voids will not be considered to be acceptable as part of a new major project unless the proponent can demonstrate that they have met certain criteria.

The policy proposals complement ongoing Government reforms to strengthen operational rehabilitation requirements for all mining projects in NSW.

Have your say until 16 February 2018

The NSW Government is seeking input from interested and affected stakeholders on the Discussion Paper. Submissions can be made until 16 February 2018.

To view the discussion paper and make a submission, please visit:

Stakeholder feedback will be used to inform the development of new policy and actions to improve rehabilitation and post mining land use outcomes for major mining projects.

More information

Call: 1300 305 695.

If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.


We look forward to your feedback.

Best regards

Alison Frame

Deputy Secretary

Planning Policy, Strategy & Governance



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