VICTORIA 

Consultation to commence on MRSDA Amendment 2023 Legislation  

Following the recent passage of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment Act 2023, the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) is establishing a team within Resources Victoria that will be responsible for implementing the reforms as a program across Government, including ongoing engagement with key stakeholders including AMEC. Materials to support this major reform will include Regulations, Codes of Compliance, standards, and guidelines. These will be developed in consultation with industry, local government, the community, and other stakeholders, ensuring that the detailed reforms receive broad public scrutiny, are effective in their implementation and communities are able to have their say on how the industry is regulated. A stakeholder reference group – including industry – will be established to support the reform program throughout its duration, with the first meeting planned for mid-late November (not yet scheduled). AMEC looks forward to being a strong industry voice for the planned reform process and will keep members informed of progress and opportunities to provide feedback. 

ERR Summer Licensing Pause 

The Earth Resources Regulators annual pause on accepting new licence applications during the festive holiday period is now in place until Monday 8 January 2024. New applications may be submitted during this period but will not progress until that date. The regulator is continuing to assess and progress applications submitted prior to the pause over this period. The pause period serves an important purpose to provide fair and reasonable opportunities for community members to view advertisements and make submissions about licence applications during this busy time of year when such things may otherwise be overlooked. 

New Shadow Resources Minister Appointed  

Following the departure of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, the Opposition Liberal Party reshuffled its shadow portfolios with responsibility for Resources passing to the Hon. David Davis MP. Having entered the Victorian Parliament in 1996, Mr Davis is the current member for the Southern Metropolitan Region. Since then, he has held a number of portfolio responsibilities in both the Liberal government and Opposition. In addition to the Resources shadow portfolio, Mr Davis is also the responsible Shadow Minister for Energy, Affordability and Security, the SEC and the Arts and Creative Industries. AMEC has thanked former Shadow Resources Minister, David Hodgett for his strong support of the Victorian minerals industry and has met with the new Shadow Minister and looks forward to maintaining its strong working relationship with the Government and the continued development and success of the State’s resource and minerals industry. 

TASMANIA 

Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative to encourage critical minerals exploration 

To capitalise on the Federal government’s new $2 billion Critical Minerals funding, the Tasmanian Government has announced that guidelines for the State’s Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative (EDGI) scheme have also been updated to specifically encourage exploration for critical minerals. Applications for Round 9 opened in early October with the government providing up to $70,000 for direct drilling costs and $20,000 for helicopter support, if required, for successful applicants. To the end of August 2023, the program has supported 16.1 km of drilling, with an estimated total industry expenditure (including costs such as logging and assaying) of just over $5.3 million, with more than $43 million spent on mineral exploration in Tasmania in the past 12 months. AMEC continues to support this important initiative on behalf of our members. 

Learn more:

Contact Lucy McClean on 0412 283 252 or Stuart Glazebrook

Out and About VIC & TAS

Associate Members