Victoria has a vibrant earth resources sector with a variety of commodities including brown coal, gold, petroleum, mineral sands and base metals, as well as emerging industries such as geothermal and geosequestration.
We support and promote investment opportunities in the sector, which includes providing cutting-edge geoscience information to help significantly reduce exploration risk. We also facilitate projects under development in the State as they navigate through approvals processes.
In addition, we maintain an efficient licensing and permitting system for exploration, resource development and operations, including for pipeline activities, and regulate the industry to ensure that environmental management standards are met.
- TARGET Initiative
The Victorian Government has opened a second round of co-funded minerals exploration grants from its $15 million TARGET initiative for the northern part of the Bendigo geological province.
- Victoria bans unconventional gas
The Victorian Government has announced a permanent ban on onshore unconventional gas extraction, including fracking, and extended the moratorium on onshore conventional gas development until June 2020.
- Extractive Resources Study to 2050
Landmark study forecasting Victoria’s demand and supply of extractive resources to 2050 launched by Minister for Resources
- Earth resources engagement strategy
See the earth resources regulator’s draft three-year stakeholder engagement strategy which works to balance the needs and expectations of all our stakeholders.
- Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration
The Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration has been varied under section 89E of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. The Code has been varied to give guidance on the revised definition of low impact exploration.
- Code of Practice for Low Risk Mines
A Code of Practice for Low Risk Mines has been made under Section 89E of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. The Code will allow mines determined to be low risk to operate under a code of practice in place of having an approved work plan.
- Extractive Industries Amendment Regulations
The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Extractive Industries) Regulations 2010 have been amended.
- Onshore Gas
The onshore gas website contains information on the current moratorium on onshore gas.
- Earth Resources Regulation Branch
Learn about the Minister’s new Statement of Expectations for the regulation of earth resources in Victoria.