Develop a mining management plan

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

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

When you need a mining management plan

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.

What you need to include

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.

How to write your plan

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.

Advisory notes and structure guides

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

Type of activity Document name Use
Care and maintenance

Care and Maintenance Operations Mining Management Plan Structure Guide  (85.5 kb)

Care and Maintenance Operations Mining Management Plan Structure Guide (214.7 kb)

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

Exploration Operations Mining Management Plan Structure Guide  (135.5 kb)

Exploration Operations Mining Management Plan Structure Guide  (260.2 kb)

Use these to prepare a mining management plan for exploration work that is going to cause substantial disturbance of the ground.
Extractive industries Extractive Operations Mining Management Plan Structure Guide
(136.4 kb)

 
Extractive Operations Mining Management Plan Structure Guide  (218.2 kb)

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

Mining Template for the Preparation of a Mining Management Plan (117.3 kb)

Template for the Preparation of a Mining Management Plan (251.4 kb)
Use these to prepare a mining management plan to get an authorisation to mine minerals. Also use it for the required four-yearly updates.
 

Operational performance report template (129.0 kb)

Operational performance report template (72.3 kb) 

Use these for the operation performance report that is required annually in the second, third and fourth years of an approved full mining management plan - only applies where a full four-year MMP has been approved

Other resources

Get the list of information sources to help you.

Information sources for MMP preparation (54.1 kb)
Information sources for MMP preparation (41.2 kb)

You can find additional resources under mining guidelines.

Last updated: 13 October 2017