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Earth Resources Regulation Statements of Operating Change

Earth Resources Regulation is progressively implementing changes to improve the way we regulate earth resources projects. With the release of our first statement in May 2018, we committed to the adoption of an outcomes-based approach to regulation. In addition, it set out the principles that we will follow and what you can expect from us, as a modern, proportionate and robust regulator for the earth resources sector.

In July 2018 we released the Statement of Operating Change for the extractives industry.

We have now published the equivalent statement for the mining industry. This statement focuses on how we are streamlining regulatory approvals for the minerals industry.

The Statements introduce and explain a simplified approvals pathway for variations to work plans under an existing approved licence, including:

  • when a work plan variation is triggered
  • how significant increase in risk is determined.

Guidance is also being developed which will provide a clear structure for operators to prepare the necessary documentation to vary a work plan. This guidance will include the new risk matrix and example controls for lower complexity hazards. These form part of a broader package of targeted information and guidance to help you through the regulatory process.

The Victorian Government is committed to continuous improvement in the regulation of the earth resources sector. The Government has allocated $12.7 million to implement a range of actions, following the Commissioner for Better Regulation's report, Getting the Groundwork Right: Better regulation of mines and quarries. An implementation plan, released in May 2018, documents the sequenced approach to regulatory improvement that we are delivering.

We welcome and value your feedback. You can contact us via ERRFeedback@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

View the Statement of Operating Change (Minerals):

View the Statement of Operating Change (Extractives): 

View the first Statement of Operating Change: Our New Approach to Earth Resources Regulation: