Excess tonnage procedure available online

Following a comprehensive public consultation process, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released its latest guidance for stakeholders on excess tonnage procedures.

The draft, released in December 2020, provided clarity on the information required from prospecting and exploration licence holders submitting an excess tonnage application, as well as increased guidance on the types of evidence of native title consent required within the application.

It also incorporated the inclusion of the extraction of fluid or mineral bearing substances relevant to the potash and salt minerals in brine operation in excess tonnage considerations.

DMIRS Executive Director Resource and Environmental Compliance Karen Caple said the key changes clarify that supporting information demonstrating Native Title Party consent is required where the relevant tenement was granted through the expedited procedure and that Native Title Party refers to a ‘registered Native Title Party’.

“The revised guideline also now clearly states that evidence of Native Title consent needs to be provided for hillside drilling activities and that supporting information should either be a Statutory Declaration or a Letter of Consent from the Native Title Party,” Ms Caple said.

The revised guideline is available on the department’s website, along with a recommended Statutory Declaration template for industry. DMIRS wishes to thank all stakeholders who provided feedback.

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