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Duty to Consult

What is the 'duty to consult' requirement?

Section 39A of the MRSD Act states that exploration and mining licence holders have a duty to consult with the community during all stages of a project, from exploration through to the operational phase and rehabilitation.

In this context, a duty to consult means that the licensee is required to:

  • share information with the community about any activities authorised by the licence that may affect the community
  • provide the community with reasonable opportunities to express their views.

The duty to consult applies throughout the period of the licence and during all stages of a project. This applies to both mining and exploration activities.