Proposed Amendments to the Mining Management Act

Dear Minister Vatskalis,

Re : Proposed Amendments to the Mining Management Act

This letter is in response to proposed changes to the Mining Management Act (the ‘MMA’ or “the Act”) which provides the legislative framework for regulating mining activities in the Northern Territory.

Given the limited time available to comment on the proposed amendments, this response is based on the summary of proposed changes and it is expected that further opportunity for detailed input will be invited from the Minerals Council of Australia as part of the government’s consultation process.

As you are aware, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society. MCA member companies produce more than 85 percent of Australia’s annual mineral output.

In the Northern Territory, NT Division members represent over 100 individual mining, exploration and related industry companies operating in the jurisdiction and comprise around 30% of the Northern Territory’s gross state product employing more than 4,000 people.

On behalf of our members I wish to highlight the following issues for your further consideration in relation to the proposed changes to the Act. In addition to the views below, specific comments have been tendered in Attachment 1 based on the proposed amendments.

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