Land access agreements for exploration

Mineral title: substantial disturbance activity

If you are planning substantial disturbance activities, you must negotiate a specific land access agreement with the pastoralist or land manager.

Get the flow diagram. 

Stakeholder engagement – land access – substantial disturbance (307.8 kb)

Mining management plan

You should begin consulting with the pastoralist or land manager in the early stages of developing the mining management plan (MMP) and forward a copy of the plan or section of the plan that includes:

  • a project overview – timing, activity etc
  • the stakeholder engagement information
  • land care plans – how to deal with weeds, erosion, water etc
  • access requirements for discussion and consideration by the pastoralist/land manager.

Agreement about access

While you are drafting the mining management plan you must negotiate land access with the pastoralist/land manager and come to an agreement within 60 days of starting negotiations.  

You must include proof of stakeholder engagement (including an access agreement) in the mining management plan. This agreement can vary from an email confirming a “hand shake type agreement” to a more detailed documented agreement.

If you cannot reach agreement within the 60 days, you must tell the department and the issue will be referred to a land access assessment panel.

Land access assessment panel

The land access assessment panel will comprise a quorum of four and be selected from a group of four Northern Territory (NT) government department chief executives and industry representatives from the NT Cattlemen's Association and the Association of Mining and Exploration.

The panel will review the relevant documents and make a recommendation about access arrangements to the department within 21 days. 

The recommended arrangements will be included in your mining management plan if there is no other agreement.

If you or the pastoralist/land manager do not agree with the panel’s recommendation, the matter can be referred to the civil courts, however at that stage the assessment of the MMP will continue.

If the department considers that the MMP meets all of its requirements, an approval will be granted while civil action is pursued.

Related information

The following links can lead you to the current guidelines, forms and information that might be useful resources to read:

Approved form 24 notice of application under section 66 of the mineral titles act (46.9 kb)
Approved form 24 notice of application under section 66 of the mineral titles act
(187.4 kb)

Rights and obligations of a pastoral lease holder and an exploration license applicant or title holder (110.5 kb)
Rights and obligations of a pastoral lease holder and an exploration license applicant or title holder
(304.4 kb)

Pastoralist / land manager stakeholder engagement - land access - tenure grant (675.2 kb)

General grant conditions of an exploration licence (52.3 kb)
General grant conditions of an exploration licence
(45.5 kb)

Flowchart for tribunal processes (150.9 kb)

Flowchart for objections or submission for the grant of a mineral title (305.0 kb)

Application for the grant of an exploration licence (native title affected land) (410.2 kb)

Freehold landowners and the exploration licence application process (49.6 kb)
Freehold landowners and the exploration licence application process (71.8 kb)

Contact

You can contact the Mineral Titles Division by calling (08) 8999 5322 or emailing titles.info@nt.gov.au for further information.

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Last updated: 13 October 2017