Mining is a pillar of the New South Wales (NSW) economy. Over the four years to 2021-22, the mining sector will deliver a total of $7.4 billion royalties revenue to the New South Wales State Budget. This equates to approximately half the State’s surplus or the whole of the new spending on education or health. The strong return mining provides to the community in jobs, revenues and royalties underlines the reliance of New South Wales on a strong mining sector.

NSW has a proud mining past, including the site of the first payable gold discovery in Australia at Ophir. Today our mining future is bright with rich reserves in a diverse range of minerals, especially in the minerals of the future. The recent release by the NSW Government of the NSW Minerals Strategy signals strong Government support for the sector and AMEC is working with government to ensure the action items are delivered within timeframes to maximise NSW resources to benefit the people of NSW. 

AMEC’s work in NSW

Liberal National Government returned in NSW following Election
The Liberal National Coalition has been returned in NSW for a historic third term. Premier Gladys Berejiklian leads a majority government and AMEC will be working with the new Ministry to deliver on the recommendations detailed in the 2019 AMEC NSW Election Policy Platform. The Policy Platform included ten key recommendations to maximise the natural resource potential of NSW including establish a Mineral Resources Strategy, clarify regulation and strengthen the accountability and transparency of tenure and activity processing as well as maintaining the New Frontiers Co-operative Drilling Program and updating guidance on land access. 

NSW Minerals Strategy released 
For the first time in living memory, the NSW Government released a NSW Minerals Strategy just prior to the election with the key objective: “To significantly grow investment in mineral exploration and mining in NSW to position the state as a major global supplier of metals for the economies of today and the future.” Delivering a NSW strategy was the first key recommendation in the AMEC 2019 NSW Policy Platform and the Strategy includes: other recommendations from our Policy Platform including increase the efficiency, consistency and transparency of title services; initiating a third round of Co-operative Drilling; enable low impact activities without full licence requirements; ensuring best practice regulation including targeted review of mining legislation; supporting a skilled diverse workforce and promoting mining and geoscience education. AMEC will continue to work closely with Government to ensure each and every action item is delivered within the stated timeframe to maximise NSW resources to benefit the people of NSW. 
Way forward for tenure in Mineral Allocation Areas 
Following strong advocacy from AMEC, the NSW Geological Survey Mineral Allocation Area (MAA) Working Group was convened to develop “an agreed robust, transparent and effective process for exploration licence applications within the MAA areas”. Guidelines for the Expression of Interest process have been developed and following Ministerial approval expressions of interest for tenure in the areas is expected to open in April/May. 

Access on Crown Lands 
Access for exploration on Crown Lands will be streamlined following government – industry meetings initiated by AMEC. A consistent process and requirements will be produced and published by Crown Lands in consultation with industry.

NSW Policy Platform

NSW Advisory Committees
The NSW Advisory Committee provides advice to the AMEC Council and Executive and develops policy on state specific issues related to mining and exploration, and other issues that may impact on the Association’s membership.
Our Advisory Committee meets quarterly and is chaired by Mr Bruce Fulton  

Events in NSW
AMEC runs a wide range of events in NSW each year for the benefit the industry and our members. Events include seminars, investor briefings and exclusive member-only events such as sundowners, boardroom lunches, seminars, and information briefings. To find out more about events in NSW, please see our events page.

Membership in NSW
AMEC membership is open to all companies working in and for the mineral exploration and mining industry. Full membership is for mineral explorers, emerging producers and miners, with Associate membership open to companies who service the mining and mineral exploration industry. Whether your organisation provides legal services, undertakes drilling, financial advice, or other services that support our industry, you can be an AMEC associate member. 

To learn more about our work and the benefits of membership in NSW, please contact the NSW Manager Lucy McClean, or AMEC Membership and Business Development Manager Luke Sizer.