The Resources Regulator requires holders of mining leases to undertake progressive rehabilitation over the life of the mine. Holders of mining leases are responsible for:

  • preparing and implement a mining operations plan (MOP) / rehabilitation management plan (RMP)
  • ensuring rehabilitation is carried out progressively, that is, as soon as reasonably practicable following disturbance
  • reporting annually to demonstrate how rehabilitation is progressing against approved performance measures and timeframes
  • ensuring rehabilitation achieves the approved rehabilitation objectives and rehabilitation completion criteria
  • ensuring rehabilitation activities achieve the final post-mining landform and land use(s) approved under the development consent

The Resources Regulator has responsibility for determining when rehabilitation has met the approved rehabilitation outcomes, prior to mining lease relinquishment and return of the security deposit.

Once rehabilitation has been completed, an application can be submitted to seek confirmation that rehabilitation has been completed to the satisfaction of the Resources Regulator. Applications to the Resources Regulator can be made progressively, such as when rehabilitation has been completed in part of the mining lease area. Applications must be made using Form ESF2: Rehabilitation completion and/or review of rehabilitation cost estimate and/or notification of mine or petroleum site closure

The security deposit can be refunded (in part or in full) once an application has demonstrated that rehabilitation has been completed to the satisfaction of the Resources Regulator.