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How to lodge an objection to a licence application

The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA) includes provisions for anyone to make an objection to an application for mineral or extractive exploration, retention, mining and prospecting licence.

How will I know if an application has been made in my area?

The MRSDA requires a notice of an application for an exploration, retention, mining or prospecting licence to be advertised in local newspapers in the area of any proposed work. A notice must also be advertised in the Wednesday edition of a Victorian state newspaper (The Age or the Herald-Sun).

Advertisements must include:

  • the identity and contact details of the applicant
  • the date of the application
  • the locality of the proposed work
  • the proposed program of work
  • links to additional information from the applicant
  • how to register an objection.

Making an objection to a licence application

The objection period is 21 days from the date the application was last advertised. Objections must be lodged within the objection period to be considered.

Objections must include:

  • the licence application number
  • the grounds on which the objection is made

Grounds for objection

Grounds for objection are at the discretion of the objector and may relate to perceived loss of amenity, social aspects, environmental impacts or any matters the Minister must consider below:

Section 15(6) of the MRSDA requires that the Minister must be satisfied that the applicant meets the following criteria:

  1. The applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a licence (determined by relevant background checks)
  2. The applicant intends to comply with the MRSDA
  3. The applicant genuinely intends to do the work
  4. The applicant has an appropriate program of work
  5. The applicant is likely to be able to finance the proposed work and rehabilitation of the land.

Submitting an objection

Objections can be made online or by post to:

The Minister for Resources
c/- Team Leader Licensing
PO Box 7392
Melbourne Victoria 3001

It is recommended that objections are lodged online to ensure timely consideration.

After an objection is lodged

Earth Resources Regulation will consider objections lodged within the 21 day objection period, as part of the assessment of the licence application by:

  • reviewing and evaluating the concerns raised in the objection
  • determining if the concerns can be addressed through existing processes, including work plans
  • making recommendations to the Minister or Minister's delegate.

How does Earth Resources Regulation make a decision on a licence application?

Most concerns that are raised can be addressed with an appropriate "work plan". A work plan is a program of proposed activities that is submitted as part of a licence application.

After the applicant has met all of the other legislative requirements, the Minister or Minister's delegate, in deciding whether to grant, or refuse to grant, a licence will consider:

  • the issues raised in any objection
  • work proposed on the licence
  • the potential impact of the proposed work on the community and the environment.

Earth Resources Regulation will write to objectors to advise on the outcome of the assessment of the application , and the decision of the Minister or Minister's delegate.

Viewing objections that have been lodged

All objections are available for inspection free of charge at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources' Melbourne office, or can be supplied on request. To make an appointment to inspect an objection, or to obtain a copy of an objection, contact Earth Resources Regulation.

How we manage your privacy

Personal information supplied with any objection will be managed in accordance with the Department's Privacy Statement and will not be released, except with consent of the person making the objection

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