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What are the community engagement plan requirements?

In accordance with Section 39A of the MRSD Act, a license holder has a duty to consult with the community throughout the period of the licence. The duty to consult is met by:

  1. sharing with the community information about any activities authorised by the licence that may affect the community
  2. giving members of the community a reasonable opportunity to express their views.

The purpose of this requirement is to share information with the community about activities that the licence holder is applying to undertake and ensure that community members are provided with reasonable opportunities to express their views.

Under a mining licence, the licence holder must also prepare a community engagement (CE) plan as part of the work plan. This CE plan must clearly identify the community and describe how, when and what engagement will occur with that community during all stages of the mining project. Minimum requirements of the CE plan are stipulated in Schedule 13 of the Mineral Resources Development Regulations 2002 and depend on the geographical size of the licence and what activities the licence holder is undertaking.

For a mining licence that is less than five hectares, a CE plan must:

  1. Identify any community likely to be affected by mining activities authorised by the licence
  2. Provide information to the community in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence
  3. Receive and consider feedback from the community in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence
  4. Include a proposal for responding to complaints and other communications from members of the community in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence.

For a mining licence exceeding five hectares, a CE plan must:

  1. Identify any community likely to be affected by mining activities authorised by the licence
  2. Include a proposal for identifying community attitudes and expectations in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence
  3. Include a proposal for providing information to the community in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence
  4. Include a proposal for receiving feedback from the community in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence
  5. Include a proposal for analysing community feedback and considering community concerns or expectations in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence
  6. Include a proposal for registering, documenting and responding to complaints and other communications from members of the community in relation to mining activities authorised by the licence.

Exploration licence holders are not required to develop a CE plan unless a work plan is required, however, they must comply with the duty to consult.

For further information please read the Community Engagement Guidelines for Mining and Mineral Exploration.