Better Approvals for Regulators (BAR)

Better Approvals for Regulators (BAR) is a state-wide program led by Better Regulation Victoria to reform and simplify regulatory practice in a number of agencies. It aims to improve industry experience while maintaining the standards expected of a modern regulator.

Earth Resources Regulation and Better Regulation Victoria’s BAR project is focused on the work plan assessment process, working with industry and co-regulators on non-legislative improvements to create greater upfront clarity, reduce effort at key points in the process and reduce overall approval timeframes.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of Earth Resources Regulation’s BAR project has delivered four products to directly improve industry’s experience, based on consultation with industry:

  1. new webpage which includes an overview of the entire application process (coming soon).
  2. updated site meeting pack that highlights commonly missed site meeting information sources.
  3. new pre-submission checklist for proponents to ensure all necessary components are included in a work plan or variation application.
  4. geotechnical engagement pilot program to assist industry in meeting geotechnical requirements in their work plan from the outset, avoiding unexpected change requests.


Drafts of the site meeting pack, pre-submission checklist and geotechnical engagement pack are currently out for consultation. You can download these below.

Please provide your feedback by 10 June 2022.

To register your interest in participating in future consultations for the BAR project, please contact Earth Resources Regulation.

Page last updated: 19 May 2022