Review of the Planning and Environment Regulations 2005 (Victoria)

The Planning and Environment Regulations 2005 and the planning permit process is a source of great frustration for the minerals industry.  Whilst the requirement of a dedicated town planner familiar with mining operations is helpful In terms of the positive aspects of the current regulations, the general view is that the regulations need to be re-written to ensure that they are clear, logical and able to be applied to complex industries such as the minerals industry. 

The minerals industry is subjected to a vast range of regulations within the State as well as nationally.  Therefore it is critical that the regulations are checked for both duplication and contradictions within the regulations and across the requirements of regulations administered by other Victorian Government departments.  For example, the minerals industry suggests that various measures in the regulations appear contradictory.  This provides uncertainty and gives rise to the question of which provision has primacy.  Furthermore, the regulations sometimes contradict requirements under mining work plans assessed by the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) and environmental approval processes.

MCA Victoria looks forward to further engagement with the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure on the review of the Planning and Environment Regulations 2005.

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