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Extractive Industry Regulations fee changes

The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Extractive Industries) Regulations 2010 were amended in 2014 and include a revised fee structure  to be introduced between 1 January 2015 and 1 January 2017.

These fees have been introduced to achieve alignment with the costs of administering the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA) and the regulations in accordance with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance Cost Recovery Guidelines. This has been revised to include:

  • an increase in fees for work authority applications, variations and transfers
  • an increase in fees relating to work plans and variations
  • the introduction of an annual fee for work authorities.

Fees for lodging a work plan  were amended on 1 January 2015 with subsequent rises to be introduced on 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2017. The new fees are:

Fee for lodging a work plan Work plan fee units
Category 2015 2016 2017
SE* EES** SE EES SE EES
Extractive industry work authority granted over an area of less than 5 hectares 42 N/A 82.7 N/A 123.4 N/A
No blasting involved and no sensitive locations within 200 metres of the perimeter of the area covered by the work plan (excluding any buffer zones) 104.9 419.5 206.6 826.6 308.4 1233.8
No blasting involved and one or more sensitive locations within 200 metres of the perimeter of the area covered by the work plan (excluding any buffer zones) 125.8 419.5 248 826.6 370.1 1233.8
Blasting involved and no sensitive locations within 500 metres of the perimeter of the area covered by the work plan (excluding any buffer zones) 104.9 419.5 206.6 826.6 308.4 1233.8
Blasting involved and one or more sensitive locations within 500 metres of the perimeter of the area covered by the work plan (excluding any buffer zones) 251.7 839 496 1653.2 740.3 2467.5

*SE Workplan means a Statutory Endorsed work plan or variation to a work plan for work in respect of which a planning permit is required. **EES work plan means a work plan or variation to a work plan for work in respect of which an Environment Effects Statement is prepared under the Environment Effects Act 1978.

Fees for an application to vary a work plan  were increased on 1 January 2015 with subsequent rises to be introduced on 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2017. The new fees are:

Fee for application to vary a work plan – 2015 Work plan fee units
Category 2015 2016 2017
SE EES Other SE EES Other SE EES Other
Extractive industry work authority granted over an area of less than 5 hectares 38.9 N/A 13 76.6 N/A 25.5 114.4 N/A 38.1
No blasting involved and no sensitive locations within 200 metres of the perimeter of the area covered by the work plan (excluding any buffer zones) 103.7 388.9 32.4 204.4 766.3 63.9 305 1143.8 95.3
No blasting involved and one or more sensitive locations within 200 metres of the perimeter of the area covered by the work plan (excluding any buffer zones) 129.6 388.9 38.9 255.5 766.3 76.6 381.3 1143.8 114.4
Blasting involved and has no sensitive locations within 500 metres of the perimeter of the area covered by the work plan (excluding any buffer zones) 103.7 388.9 32.4 204.4 766.3 63.9 305 1143.8 95.3
Blasting involved and one or more sensitive locations within 500 metres of the perimeter of the area covered by the work plan (excluding any buffer zones) 259.3 777.8 77.8 510.9 1532.6 153.3 762.5 2287.5 228.8

Fees relating to work authorities were  introduced on 1 January 2015 with subsequent rises to be introduced on 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2017. The new fees are:

Fees Relating to Work Authorities Fee units
Nature of fee 2015 2016 2017
Fee for application for work authority 30.1 59.3 88.5
Fee for request to vary a work authority 6.8 13.4 20
Fee for transfer of work authority 4.7 9.2 13.7

Fees relating to work authorities were introduced on 1 January 2015 with subsequent rises to be introduced on 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2017. The new fees are:

Annual Fee for Work Authority Granted Fee units
Value of total sales at gate of useable quantity produced under work authority To 30 June 2015 To 30 June 2016 To 30 June 2017 From 1 July 2017
$0 to $100 000 4.8 14.1 23.3 27.9
$100 001 to $500 000 9.5 28.2 46.6 55.8
$500 001 to $1 000 000 19 56.3 93.1 111.5
$1 000 001 to $5 000 000 75.9 225.4 372.6 446.2
$5 000 001 to $10 000 000 113.8 338 558.8 669.2
More than $10 000 000 142.2 422.5 698.6 836.6

A full copy of the new regulations is available at www.legislation.vic.gov.au (under ‘Victorian Law Today’ ‘Statutory Rules’)