The Victorian state government is making changes to strengthen Victoria’s resources guidelines, setting a higher standard for mineral explorers and miners who have access to the state’s mineral resources.
The set changes will reportedly benefit the minerals, as they are key components in technology and renewable energy products that are used within the manufacturing sector and provide companies with upfront and consistent information about how mining licence applications are assesses.
Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes announced that the focus will be placed on minerals explorers and miners who can prove they are reputable, community-focused, and set up appropriately for the duration of projects, including the full rehabilitation of sites around the state.
“We’re raising the bar to make sure our mining sector employs the most qualified and reputable people to access our state’s mineral resources with a strong focus on supporting the communities they work in,” said Symes.
Victoria’s minerals and mining sectors have seen steady growth with more than 120,000 people across the state.
The state manager of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, Les Cox said, the new assessment guidelines will make sure a company’s track record, and the records of its directors and executives, are examined when considering licensing decisions.
“Setting clear and consistent guidelines upfront to assess whether a person is fit and proper to hold a licence helps to protect a good operator and build community confidence,” said Cox.
According to the Victorian state government, these new guidelines will provide greater assurance for farmers and communities and ensure public safety, infrastructure, and the environment will be protected when minerals explorers and miners work on private and public land.