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Rehabilitation and environment

Undertaking risk-based compliance and enforcement activities in relation to obligations under the Mining Act, including the assessment of mine rehabilitation activities and security deposits.

Rehabilitation and environmental management activities

  • Conduct probity and compliance checks on applicants for grant/renewal/transfer title applications
  • Regulation of exploration activities including the issuing of activity approvals and ensuring compliance with title conditions and codes of practice (e.g. rehabilitation and environmental management)
  • Provide advice to appropriate development consent authority (e.g. Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure on state significant development proposals and local councils on integrated development) in regards to the appropriateness of rehabilitation strategies included in development applications. This includes advice on conditioning
  • Undertake compliance and enforcement activities in relation to the Mining Act
  • Specific focus on mine rehabilitation
  • Undertake investigations
  • Conduct audits and site inspections/compliance programs


Schedule 8A of the Mining Regulation 2016 requires mines to nominate a contact person, report non-compliances and provide notification of certain development consents.


Our scheduled and targeted assessment program for mines


Information about rehabilitation for mine exploration sites


Compliance auditing of mining operations and exploration activities


How to comply with NSW fossicking guidelines

Legacy mines

Assisting landholders to reduce risks from legacy mine sites

Mine rehabilitation

Mine rehabilitation is a key priority in NSW

Opal mining

How to comply with NSW opal mining guidelines

Subsidence management

Best practice for managing mine subsidence issues

Tailings storage facilities

Keeping the environment safe from tailings pollution


General rehabilitation guidance material, reporting and forms


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