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CPPA Technical Presentation – Update on NSW Rehabilitation Reforms 2021 – 23 June

June 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Topic Presenter: Matthew Newton, Assistant Director NSW Resources Regulator

Date: 23 June 2021

Time: 12:30 to 13:30 (Australian Western Standard Time)

Topic: Update on NSW Rehabilitation Reforms 2021

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

The Regulator’s 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.

Presenter Bio:  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.

Competency elements: Legal obligations



June 23
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm