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Regulator and industry reporting

Community expectations about environmental performance, disclosure and transparency in the resources industry are increasing.

To meet this expectation, Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) has updated and improved self-reporting and expects industry to do the same.

Reports

Below are a list of the reports we prepare or require industry to prepare on a regular basis.

  1. Earth Resources Regulation Performance Reporting
  2. 'Departmental Performance Measures' Report
  3. Earth Resources Regulation Statistical Report
  4. Annual Reports
  5. Declared Mine or Quarry Reports
  6. Public Sustainability Reporting

1. Earth Resources Regulation Performance Reporting

This report outlines how we are performing against our commitments to work in a professional, responsive and transparent manner as a regulator. The report is used for monitoring and evaluation to improve our performance and benchmark with other jurisdictions.

What information is included?

Who owns this report? Earth Resources Regulation (ERR)

How often is it updated? Four times a year

Where can I find this report? On the ERR page for Performance Reporting.

2. 'Departmental Performance Measures' Report

The Departmental Performance Measures Report, measures the Department's performance against the Victorian Government's Budget Paper measures and includes those assigned to the Resources Division.

What information is included?

  • percentage of exploration and mining licences which are not active
  • percentage of exploration licence applications, mining industry work plans and mining licence applications processed within regulatory timeframes
  • percentage of regulatory audits completed within agreed timeframes.

Who owns this report? The Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF)

How often is it updated? Twice a year

Where can I find this report? The 'Departmental Performance Measures' are listed on the DTF website for Departmental Statements.

3. Earth Resources Regulation Statistical Report

This report gives the public, industry investors and existing resource operators a sector wide snap-shot of activity and performance of the earth resources sector. It combines information from the petroleum, geothermal, minerals and extractive industries.

What information is included?

  • detailed data on earth resources exploration, production, expenditure and licensing activities.

Who owns this report? ERR

How often is it updated? Once a year

Where can I find this report? On the ERR page for Statistical Reports.

4. Annual Reports

Annual Reports are mandatory documents prepared by licensed industry and submitted to us on a yearly basis. The report provides information on expenditure, production, rehabilitation and details of extraction.

What information is included?

Licence holders compile information on operations including:

  • expenditure related to work undertaken during the reporting period
  • details of mining work during the reporting period
  • land disturbance, rehabilitation and environmental management obligations
  • environmental monitoring (if applicable).

Who owns this report? Individual mine and quarry operators

How often is it updated? Once a year

Where can I find these reports? If made public (not mandatory), these reports are made available on the website owned by the operator. Combined information submitted to the regulator is published in the ERR Statistical Report and national mining data tables produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Note: The Minister for Resources may ask any declared mining or quarry operator to make their report available to the public if it is deemed to be in the 'public interest' or if the licence ceases to be in force.

5. Declared Mine or Quarry Reports

A declared mine or quarry is a mine or quarry that has geotechnical or hydrogeological factors that may pose a significant risk to public safety, the environment or public infrastructure. There are only three declared mines or quarries in Victoria, the Latrobe Valley coal mines.

The three declared mines are:

  • MIN5003 - EnergyAustralia Yallourn Pty Ltd (Yallourn Mine)
  • MIN5004 - Hazelwood Power Corporation Pty Ltd (Hazelwood Mine)
  • MIN5189 - AGL LYP3 Pty Ltd (Loy Yang Mine)

What information is included?

Major geotechnical and hydrogeological hazards are identified in the reports. Analysis of the report enables licence holders and ERR to record and assess stability management practices for the declared mines or quarries.

The declared mine operators compile:

  • details on how geotechnical and hydrogeological risks on site, including how these risks have been identified and are being managed
  • clarification of stability controls, actions and review measures
  • any stability modelling undertaken
  • a monitoring plan, which includes consideration of historical monitoring data on geotechnical and hydrogeological behaviour over time.

Who owns this report? Declared mine or quarry license holders

How often is it updated? Twice a year

Where can I find these reports? If made public (not mandatory), these reports are made available on the website owned by the operator.

Note: The Minister for Resources may ask any declared mining or quarry operator to make their report available to the public if it is deemed to be in the 'public interest' or if the licence ceases to be in force.

6. Public Sustainability Reporting

On 22 September 2015 amendments to the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA) came into effect that enable the Minister for Resources to require mining licensees and extractive industry work authority holders to report publicly on work undertaken.

This report incorporates information on the economic, environmental and social impacts associated with extractive operations.

Licence holders were selected for public reporting on activities in the 2015/2016 year under an assessment process, taking into account relative risks arising from impacts to the environment, public safety, infrastructure and any complaints received from the public.

What information is included?

Sustainability reporting addresses:

  • economic benefit
  • environmental management
  • community engagement
  • rehabilitation
  • compliance record
  • mine stability (declared mines or quarries only).

Who owns this report? Selected mine and quarry operators

How often is it updated? Once a year

Where can I find these reports? This report is published on the selected mining or quarry licence holder's websites and the ERR page for Public Sustainability Reporting (from March 2017).