Develop a mining management plan

A mining management plan is the primary tool for managing compliance with the Mining Management Act 2001.

The mining management plan clearly sets out all the environmental and other legal and regulatory obligations that must be met by mining operators.

Any exploration, mining or extractive activity that is likely to cause significant disturbance of the ground requires a mining authorisation.

To apply for a mining Authorisation you need to develop and submit a mining management plan to the department for assessment.

A mining management plan is required for all of the following:

  • new projects
  • when operations change significantly from the previous plan
  • to meet the reporting requirements of the mining authorisation.

A mining authorisation will only be issued when a mining management plan has been approved by the department.

This section will guide you through developing a mining management plan for exploration, mining and extractive industries.

A mining management plan must include all of the following information:

  • details of the mining title for the site, and who owns it
  • a description of the organisational structure for the mining operation
  • a description of proposed mining activities
  • plans of current and proposed mine workings and infrastructure
  • details of environmental risks and management plans
  • a plan and costing of closure activities
  • stakeholder engagement
  • any other information or plans required by the department.

The department has developed advisory notes and structure guides to help you through the process.

The advisory notes and structure guides below contain instructions and examples of environmental management issues you may need to consider when preparing a mining management plan.

The structure guides outline the required plan structure and will help to make sure you include all the required information.

You should assess which are relevant to your site, or whether other factors not listed here need to be included.

Commitments to continuous improvement should have a defined objective and completion date placed on them so that there is a measurable time frame.

The advisory notes and structure guides below may be helpful in preparing your mining management plan.

Care and maintenance

Use these to prepare a mining management plan for when an operator plans to temporarily suspend mining operations:

Care and maintenance operations mining management plan structure guide PDF (214.7 KB)
Care and maintenance operations mining management plan structure guide DOCX (85.5 KB)

Exploration

Use these to prepare a mining management plan for exploration work that is going to cause substantial disturbance of the ground.

Mining management plan exploration activities PDF (250.3 KB)
Mining management plan exploration activities DOCX (55.1 KB)

Use this guide to assist in the preparation of a mining management plan for exploration.

Mining management plan user guide PDF (751.7 KB)
Mining management plan user guide DOCX (6.5 MB)

Use this to document the status of rehabilitation on an exploration site. The disturbance tracking document must be submitted as an attachment to the mining management plan.

Disturbance tracking for exploration projects XLSX (36.9 KB)

Extractive industries

Use these to prepare a mining management plan for an extractive minerals operation.

Extractive mining management plan template - approved for release June 2022 DOCX (1.5 MB)

Extractive mining management user guide - approved for release June 2022 DOCX (958.3 KB)

Mining

The template for the preparation of mining management plan for mining projects identifies the information required:

  • when submitting a request for approval of a mining management plan for a mining project
  • for authorisation under the Mining Management Act 2001.

The content guide for preparation of mining management plan for mining projects provides:

  • detail explaining the basis for the information requested and
  • suggestions to assist operators/proponents develop a targeted mining management plan for assessment.

Template for the preparation of a mining management plan

Use these to prepare a mining management plan to get an authorisation to mine minerals. Also use it for the required four-yearly updates.

Template for the preparation of a mining management plan PDF (616.0 KB)
Template for the preparation of a mining management plan DOCX (187.9 KB)

Content guide for the preparation of MMP for mining project

Use these to prepare a mining management plan to get an authorisation to mine minerals.

Content guide for the preparation of MMP for mining project PDF (700.7 KB)
Content guide for the preparation of MMP for mining project DOCX (1.1 MB)

Operation performance report template

Use these for the operation performance report that is required annually when a MMP has been approved.

Operational performance report template PDF (72.3 KB)
Operational performance report template DOCX (129.0 KB)

Get the list of information sources to help you.

Information sources for MMP preparation PDF (41.2 KB)
Information sources for MMP preparation DOCX (54.1 KB)

You can find additional resources under mining guidelines.


Last updated: 17 June 2022

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