On 27 September 2016, the SA government announced it would undertake the “Leading Practice Mining Acts Review of the Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920, the Mining Act 1971 and the Opal Mining Act 1995”.
As mining has numerous potential adverse impacts on the environment, the EDO has been involved in a significant way in the review process. After reading the Discussion Papers released in late 2016, we prepared a major submission to the Review, which was supported by a number of other environmental groups in South Australia. The current Mining Act and Regulations contain significant deficiencies, as we identified in our EDO Submission to the Review. In September 2017, the government released a sum of 22 Recommendations to the public. We were pleased to see the government’s Recommendations and proposed amendments addressed some key points made by the EDO in our submission.
Download the EDO's summary and recommendations here