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Extractive Industry Requirements


List of exemptions made under section 5AA of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990

Special Government Gazette S 493 dated 29 December 2009

Exemption under section 77G(2) of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990

Under section 77G(1) of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA), a person who proposes to apply for a work authority to carry out an extractive industry must lodge a work plan with the Earth Resources Division of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) unless exempt from the work plan requirements of the MRSDA. The work plan should be lodged online via RRAM with the associated fee.  More information is available by contacting the Approvals Team.

Under section 77G(2), a person who proposes to apply for an extractive industry work authority to carry out an extractive industry is not required to lodge a work plan where:

  • The extractive industry is to be carried out on land that has an area of less than five hectares and a depth of less than five metres; and
  • The extractive industry does not require blasting or the clearing of native vegetation

Unless the Minister declares, in writing, that the applicant must lodge a work plan.

Where, by the operation of section 77G(2), a work plan is not required, the applicant must instead operate in accordance with the Code of Practice for Small Quarries (the Code). The Code sets out the minimum mandatory requirements that work authority holders must meet. The Code also provides practical guidance about how small quarries should be operated to meet regulatory requirements and environmental standards, which will help work authority holders to meet the minimum mandatory requirements of the Code.

Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for Small Quarries (the Code) has been made under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (the Act) and is now in operation.

The Code sets out minimum standards and provides practical guidance for extractive industry work authority holders exempted from work plan requirements under section 77G of the Act. 

Public consultation took place during the development of the Code. The various submissions received during the consultation period were carefully considered before the Code was made.

Copies of the Code can be obtained online or by telephoning the Earth Resources Information Centre on 1300 366 356 between the hours of 9.00am and 4.30pm.

Work Plan requirements

Work Plan Guideline

Revised work plan guidelines for extractive industries are currently being developed. For more information or to receive a draft of the new guidelines, contact Earth Resources Regulation.

Geotechnical guidelines for assistance in workplan preparation

The intent of this draft guideline is to provide applicants seeking a mining licence or extractive industry work authority with requirements of Victorian legislation applicable to slope stability. It is supplemented by the National Mine Safety Framework (NMSF) Codes of Practice on Ground Control in Open Pit and Underground Mines for sound geotechnical engineering practices for ground stability management.

Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006/Heritage Act 1995 Guidance notes

Guidance Notes

Work Authority Application Form

Work Authority Application online form

or print out the

Work Authority Application Form

Transfer of Extractive Industry Work Authority Application Form

Transfer form online or print out the Transfer Form