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    Exploration code of practice: community consultation Mining Act 1992 and Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991

    March 2016

  • Published by NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development, Division of Resources and Energy

    Title: Exploration code of practice: community consultation

    First published: March 2016

    More information

    This code of practice forms part of a suite of codes and guidelines that comprise:

    • Exploration code of practice: community consultation

    • Exploration code of practice: environmental management

    • Exploration code of practice: produced water management, storage and transfer

    • Exploration code of practice: rehabilitation

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    Authorised by: Compliance and Enforcement

    RM8 Reference: INT15/138272 (V15/3393) and PUB16/96 (PDF)

    Amendment schedule

    Date Version # Amendment

    10 May 2016 1.1 corrected email address

    © State of New South Wales through the NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development 2016.

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    Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is based on knowledge and understanding at the time of writing (June 2016). However, because of advances in knowledge, users are reminded of the need to ensure that information upon which they rely is up to date and to check currency of the information with the appropriate officer of the NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development or the user’s independent advisor.

  • Exploration code of practice: Community consultation

    Contents Part A: Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 1

    Regulatory purpose ................................................................................................................................. 1 When this code applies ............................................................................................................................ 1 How to use this code ................................................................................................................................ 1 Compliance requirements ......................................................................................................................... 2 Interaction of code with other guidelines ..................................................................................................... 2 Contact details ........................................................................................................................................ 3 Review ................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Part B: Community consultation ................................................................................................................ 4 Objectives .............................................................................................................................................. 4 Managing the risks .................................................................................................................................. 4 Mandatory requirements ........................................................................................................................... 5

    Appendix 1: Guidance for community consultation .................................................................................... 7 1.1. Principles ......................................................................................................................................... 7 1.2. Developing a community consultation strategy ...................................................................................... 7 1.3. Consolidated community consultation strategies ................................................................................. 13 1.4. Identification of issues ...................................................................................................................... 13 1.5. Undertaking community consultation ................................................................................................. 13 1.6. Records ......................................................................................................................................... 14 1.7. Monitoring ...................................................................................................................................... 14 1.8. Community stakeholder meetings ...................................................................................................... 15 1.9. Community liaison officer ................................................................................................................. 15 1.10. Community consultative committees ................................................................................................ 15 1.11. Community consultation plan .......................................................................................................... 15

    Appendix 2: Annual community consultation reporting ............................................................................ 17 2.1. Annual community consultation report................................................................................................ 17 2.2 Reduced annual community consultation report ................................................................................... 19

    Appendix 3: Notification requirements ..................................................................................................... 20 3.1. Content .......................................................................................................................................... 20 3.2. Related guidelines ........................................................................................................................... 20

    Appendix 4: Definitions ........................................................................................................................... 21

  • Exploration code of practice: Community consultation

    Part A: Introduction Regulatory purpose Exploration licences and assessment leases for all resources (prospecting titles) are granted with the objective of encouraging ecologically sustainable development, social responsibility and building economic wealth for the people of NSW.

    This exploration code of practice sets out mandatory requirements and provides title holders with related guidance regarding the expected performance for engagement in adequate, inclusive and appropriate community consultation in relation to the planning for, and conduct of, exploration activities under a prospecting title.

    This code serves two purposes: 1. it provides upfront information to the industry and the community 2. it sets out enforceable mandatory requirements related to community consultation.

    This code enables industry to: • adopt a risk-based approach to ensure compliance with mandatory requirements related to

    community consultation • commit to measurable performance standards • monitor performance and take corrective action if outcomes are not being achieved • keep and maintain relevant records of activities and/or actions.

    This approach allows title holders to adopt innovative solutions and best practice techniques to meet performance requirements.

    When this code applies This code will be applied by a condition imposed on all prospecting titles granted, renewed or transferred after 1 March 2016.

    Titles issued before this time will continue to be bound by any existing conditions on title relating to community consultation. This may include:

    (a) for coal and petroleum titles, compliance with the requirements of the Guideline for community consultation requirements for exploration, as amended from time to time.

    (b) for minerals titles, the establishment of a landholder and community liaison program.

    How to use this code Part B of this code provides mandatory requirements that title holders are required to comply with as a condition of title requiring compliance with this code.

    The appendices provide guidance information and provisions which will assist in achieving the mandatory requirements. This includes detailed information on what should be included in an annual community consultation report, required through a condition on title.

    Based on the likely impact, type and scale, phase and duration of exploration activities, this guidance, and any updates or new standards related to community consultation, may be used to measure and assess performance during the term of a prospecting title.

    In undertaking community consultation, title holders are required to undertake a risk assessment to establish the community consultation strategy (how they will undertake consultation and ensure that it is

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    appropriate, adequate and inclusive).