A major review of SA’s mining legislation was commissioned by the previous State Government in 2016 which resulted in the Statutes Amendment (Leading Practice in Mining) Bill 2017. This Bill proposed amendments to the Mining Act 1971, amongst others, but lapsed due to the timing of the 2018 South Australian election.
In its 2018 election policy statement, GPSA identified the need to balance agriculture with competing land uses. This statement was released to all major parties for response. In the document, GPSA also lobbied for an independent review of the Mining Act.
In Opposition, the State Liberals committed to thorough and meaningful consultation with primary industry as part of the legislative process, and support for the Small Business Commissioner to administer a Code of Conduct and dispute resolution service.
Together with other peak bodies, the farm sector called for a dedicated, government- funded resource to be situated in Primary Producers SA to help farmers access information on their rights when faced with a mining company wanting to explore on their property.
GPSA has worked with both major parties, individual members, as well as the crossbench in Parliament to deliver amendments which strengthened the rights of landholders and address the imbalance which has been carried over from the previous Bill. GPSA continues to seek a full independent review of laws governing mineral exploration and mining activity on agricultural land, currently established under the Mining Act 1971.
On the 10th October 2018, GPSA provided the Small Business Commissioner with a submission on the Mining and Resources Industry Land Access Dispute Resolution Code. Read GPSA's submission here.
On the 19th November 2018, GPSA provided the Department for Energy and Mining with a submission on the proposed draft regulations concerning the land access regime. Read GPSA's submission here.
On the 28th February 2019, GPSA provided the Minister with a detailed mining policy document that sets out GPSA’s required legislative amendments. Read GPSA's Mining Policy document here.
On the 10th April 2019, GPSA, PPSA, and Livestock SA reiterated their call for an independent review of the state's mining laws after learning that the Bill had again stalled. Read the media release here.
On the 3rd July 2019, GPSA responded to the passage of changes to the Mining Bill in the House of Assembly. Read the media release here. GPSA has updated its Mining Policy document to reflect the passage of the Bill through the House. Read the updated document here