2023 AMEC NSW Land Access Toolkit for Exploration now available! 

AMEC has released the updated 2023 AMEC NSW Land Access Toolkit for Mineral Exploration. The launch was accompanied by a virtual seminar Getting it right from the beginning – Land Access for mineral exploration in NSW where attendees heard presentations from legal and community experts as well as an industry case study followed by a panel session. The updated 2023 AMEC NSW Land Access Toolkit for Mineral Exploration is available at https://amec.org.au/jurisdiction/nsw/ 

The AMEC NSW Toolkit has been updated to reflect recent legislative and regulatory changes and improvement following feedback from members. The update of the Toolkit has been generously supported by a dedicated Working Group of members. The update includes: 

  • Comprehensive guide for industry members with step-by-step information on leading practise 

  • Fact sheets to help explain exploration to the wider community, with new fact sheets on rehabilitation and ‘frequently asked questions’  

  • Updated access agreement template that includes the option for a ‘deed of entry’  

  • Video that is a great way to explain exploration and show many of the common methods to community members in a matter of minutes. 


Consultation on new NSW Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Strategy 

The NSW Government is currently consulting on a revised Critical Minerals Strategy to “provide certainty and direction for the industry as it continues to grow. It will include a sharper focus on domestic manufacturing, skills and training opportunities.AMEC attended the Ministerial Roundtable on 30 October and has finalised a submission with the support of members that includes recommendations for the new Strategy to include an action plan and resourcing; advocacy for NSW projects nationally and internationally; collaborative government-industry funding; expanding the critical minerals list and streamlining NSW regulatory frameworks. 


Consultation on NSW Policy on release of annual reports and data (from current tenure) 

NSW Mining Exploration and Geoscience (MEG) released public consultation on the annual report release policy (previously known as ‘sunset clause’) i.e. Policy on publicly releasing data and reports from current tenure. The key changes include release of reports with ‘flow on’ mining lease tenure; ‘baseline’ coal data and reports for Group 8 (geothermal), 11 (mineral sands) and 12 (uranium) but not releasing reports from mining leases or coal tenure. Submissions are due by 22 Dec with further information including registration for online stakeholder briefing sessions is available at Annual report release policy and exploration reporting | Mining, Exploration and Geoscience (nsw.gov.au)


NSW Parliamentary Inquiry on ‘Current and potential impacts of gold, silver, lead and zinc mining’  

A Parliamentary Inquiry was announced in July, with the Terms of Reference released and chaired by Dr Cohn MLC (Greens). Submissions closed on 5 September and four hearings were heard in Sydney and the Central West in October. AMEC has been closely monitoring the Inquiry’s progress since and has provided a submission on behalf of members and industry. There have been 180 submissions made by community groups, organisations, companies, and individuals. Further information is available on the NSW Parliamentary website, with the Inquiry Report due to be tabled on 15 December. 


Co-existence and competing land use submission  

Competing land use is a major and growing concern for AMEC and the minerals industry due to increasing challenges associated with competing interests and impacts on existing mining and exploration uses. In NSW, areas sought for renewable energy production, such as solar, wind, and carbon farming, have significantly grown. In many cases, these facilities are being developed in areas that are highly prospective and the site of active mineral exploration projects. AMEC has worked with members to identify known impacts on minerals exploration projects and provided a detailed submission to the Minister for Natural Resources with recommendations for government to facilitate a better balance between the priorities for the state and the interplay between industries.  


AMEC initiative on NSW rehabilitation security deposit  

Following recent discussions with members at our NSW Advisory Committee meeting, AMEC will be updating our submission to NSW Government on recommendations to improve the rehabilitation security deposit (bond) framework in NSW. Case studies are sought from members that highlight the common issues with the current framework including locking up capital, delay in return of bonds and administration of group securities.  

AMEC has made the following submissions on behalf of member companies:  

Out and About NSW

Associate Members