Mines and quarries with existing work plans (for which a fee has already been paid) that do not adopt the risk-based methodology being introduced by the Earth Resources Regulation Branch may be required to reformat their current plan to a risk-based work plan. These mines and quarries have to pay a fee when lodging the reformatted plan.
This charge is unreasonable in circumstances where the requirement for the revision arises from a new policy approach (and not because there has been non-compliance with the existing approved work plan). The requirement for the fee to lodge the reformatted plan should be rescinded.
There is no provision within the Mineral Resources Sustainable Development Act 1990 that allows a statutory fee to be waived.