Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has published a revised Statutory Guideline for Mine Closure Plans and Mine Closure Plan Guidance – how to prepare in accordance with the Statutory Guidelines. The Statutory Guideline and Guidance take effect from 3 March 2020 and can be found on the DMIRS website.
The DMIRS Statutory Guidelines and Mine Closure Plan Guidance replace the 2015 Joint Guidelines for Preparing Mine Closure Plans (DMP and EPA, 2015).
Mine closure is a critical component of environmental management with many mining proposals assessed by the EPA having rehabilitation and/or closure requirements. The EPA will continue to assess mine closure rehabilitation as part of its Environmental Impact Assessment process, where relevant, and may refer to the DMIRS’ guidance as part of this process.