The NSW Resources Regulator’s operational rehabilitation reforms

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The NSW Resources Regulator’s Operational Rehabilitation Reforms - Technical Presentation

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The NSW Regulator is implementing a number of operational Reforms to compliance and reporting requirements for mining lease holders. The Reforms have been developed to address the key recommendations from the 2017 NSW Audit Office Report – Mining Rehabilitation Security Deposits.

This presentation will focus on the core elements of the Reforms and outline the regulatory approach to ensure that mining companies achieve their rehabilitation obligations.

The Resources Regulator is the state’s work health and safety regulator for mines and petroleum sites and is also responsible for compliance and enforcement activities under the Mining Act, including mine site rehabilitation. The creation of the NSW Resources Regulator was designed to ensure a consistent and responsive regulatory approach and provide increased transparency and community confidence.

The NSW Resources Regulator aims to:

  • ensure a safe, sustainable and innovative mining, extractive and petroleum industry in NSW
  • provide information and guidance about safety, environmental and other regulatory obligations to protect and support industry, workers, the community and the state
  • promote confidence in how the industry is regulated
  • make regulation transparent
  • engage with and educate both industry and the community about best practice
  • support industry to meet its regulatory obligations.

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The presentation will be given by:

Matthew Newton

Principal Inspector Environment & Rehabilitation Operations – NSW Resources Regulator

Matthew Newton is the Principal Inspector for Environment & Rehabilitation Operations with the NSW Resources Regulator. The Mining Act Inspectorate branch undertakes risk-based compliance and enforcement activities in relation to obligations under the Mining Act. This includes conducting assessment and compliance activities in relation the mine rehabilitation and security deposits.

Since joining the Department in 2013, Matthew has been involved in the development of a number of government reform projects that are aimed at improving the environmental and rehabilitation performance across the resources sector. This includes the Operational Rehabilitation Reforms project, which is scheduled to commence across the mining industry in mid 2021.

Prior to joining the Department, Matthew has worked as a consultant as well as in site-based mining roles with a particular focus on rehabilitation and mine closure projects. Matthew has approximately 25 years of experience in environmental assessment and management and has been involved in a range of environmental projects relating to mining operations situated throughout NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and the USA.

Based on his experience in closure and rehabilitation planning, Matthew has prepared mine closure and rehabilitation monitoring standards for key corporate clients to be applied across world-wide operations as well as detailed closure cost liability assessments. Matthew has also undertaken a number of audits focusing on rehabilitation quality; progress with meeting closure criteria; and integrating mine closure planning with day to day operational planning.

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The Closure Planning Practitioners Association Incorporated (CPPA) seeks to promote global leading practice skills in closure within Australia by representing and engaging with closure planning practitioners to develop and build professional capacity.

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Closure planning practitioners work toward developing strategies, engaging with stakeholders and estimating the costs associated with closing, decommissioning and rehabilitating assets such as mines, power stations and industrial sites.

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  • Establish a forum for networking and knowledge sharing amongst closure planning practitioners.
  • Raise the profile of closure planning practitioners within the energy and resources sector.
  • Set the standard for closure planning as a professional discipline within the energy and resources sector.

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