Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

This page contains updates to how the regulation of the resources sector has changed and how Earth Resources Regulation is operating.

For the latest health and travel information to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Department of Health and Human Services.

Details about the permitted work scheme including eligibility and the worker permit form are on the Business Victoria website.

For specific business-related information, please visit the Business Victoria website.

It is now mandatory for every workplace still operating in metropolitan Melbourne to have a COVIDSafe Plan. This applies to all businesses except those with fewer than five employees.

Developing a COVIDSafe Plan is recommended for all businesses in regional Victoria, except for high risk workplaces where it is mandatory, to help keep workers safe and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fees and approvals

Earth Resources Regulation will defer the collection of rent and annual fees. It will also now fast-track the approval process for works to supply critical material for infrastructure projects at a time when businesses are facing additional pressure.

Minister for Resources media release 22 May 2020

Minerals licencing engagement

In response to changes in the media landscape, Earth Resources Regulation has made changes to help communities have a continued say in local minerals development through the release of a new engagement guideline.

Earth Resources Regulation media release 4 May 2020

Temporary changes to approval processes for mines and quarries

Variations to mineral licence conditions

Keep up the good work

Victoria’s resources sector has stepped up to help keep the state running. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes has acknowledged the importance of the resources sector.

Minister for Resources media release 27 April 2020

Recreational prospecting

Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 4 restrictions are now in place across metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions will be in place across regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August.

Earth Resources Regulation media update 4 August 2020

Page last updated: 10 Aug 2020