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Comprehensive geoscientific records of mineral and coal exploration and mining provides a major competitive advantage to Australia. Access to reports and data on past exploration and mining ensures that exploration investment does not duplicate past effort and can build on accumulated knowledge. Accordingly, the accurate recording of mineral and coal exploration and mining is mandatory.

The Division of Resources and Energy (the division) within NSW Department of Industry is responsible for acquiring, assessing, storing and distributing this information. The department uses this geoscientific data to inform the government, resource industry and community about the state’s resources, and to facilitate safe and sustainable development of NSW mineral and energy resources for the benefit of all NSW citizens.

This guideline has been prepared according to the Mining Act 1992 and the Mining Regulation 2016. The Act legislates mineral and coal exploration and mining activities and as well as safety, environmental protection, royalties and compensation. The purpose of this guideline is to specify the format, contents and standards required to prepare and submit geoscientific reports and data.