Inquiry into Greenfields Mineral Exploration and Project Development in Victoria

Report and Response

Report coverThe final report for the Inquiry was tabled in Parliament on 22 May 2012. The report can be downloaded from the link below. For a hard copy of the report, contact the Committee secretariat. Contact the Committee Chair, Mr Neale Burgess MP, for comments or questions about the content of the report.

pdf Final report (PDF, 2.93 Mb)

The report's media release is available from the link below.

pdf Media release (PDF, 85.70 Kb) 

The Committee received the government response to the Inquiry on 27 May 2013. You can download the response from the link below.

pdf Government response (PDF, 107.08 Kb) 

Content and News

Report tabled

The report for the Inquiry into greenfields mineral exploration and project Development in Victoria was tabled in Parliament on 22 May 2012. To download a copy of the report, visit the report page. For a hard copy of the report, contact the Committee secretariat. For queries about the content of the report, contact the Committee Chair, Mr Neale Burgess, MP.

Extension to reporting date

The reporting date for the Inquiry was extended to 22 May 2012 by motion of the Legislative Assembly on 1 May 2011. To view the motion, visit the Votes & Proceedings page.

An extract from the Votes & Proceedings containing the motion can be downloaded here: pdf (PDF, 6.84 Kb).

Extension to reporting date

The reporting date for the Inquiry was extended to 30 April 2012 by motion of the Legislative Assembly on 8 December 2011. To view the motion, visit the Votes & Proceedings page.

An extract from the Votes & Proceedings containing the motion can be downloaded here: pdf(PDF, 9.30 Kb).

Public hearings

The Committee held public hearings for the Inquiry from August 2011 to January 2012. To download transcripts of evidence recevied at the hearings, see the Inquiry's hearings page.

Call for submissions

The closing date for submissions was 19 August 2011. To view the submissions that have been accepted by the Committee, see the Inquiry's submissions page.

Terms of Reference

That under s 33 the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, the Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee is required to inquire into, consider and report no later than 8 February 2012* on the benefits and drivers of Greenfields Mineral Exploration and Project Development in Victoria and the Committee is asked to consider possible barriers to Greenfields exploration and development, as well as project attraction in Victoria in the context of a globally competitive industry, and to identify appropriate responses that government and industry may take - and the Committee is asked to do this through an examination of:

  1. Victoria's mineral endowment (often referred to as ‘prospectivity') across a portfolio of commodities (including energy earth resources and extractives products);
  2. the regulatory environment;
  3. fees, charges and royalties;
  4. national and international perceptions of Victoria's prospectivity and regulatory environment;
  5. the success and failure of projects in Victoria's mining development pipeline;
  6. different approaches and programs applied in other Australian and international jurisdictions to foster increased investment in Greenfields exploration for, and development of, minerals and energy earth resources;
  7. the different roles of government (this may include, but is not limited to, targeted industry engagement, facilitation and generation of geological survey information);
  8. opportunities to increase the net benefits from Victoria's minerals and energy earth resources, and to potentially provide for self sufficiency in low cost energy and extractive materials, consistent with the principle of economic efficiency; and
  9. consideration of the costs and benefits of Greenfields minerals exploration (economic, social and environmental), and whether there are opportunities to improve the management of potential conflicts between exploration and other land uses.

pdf Download the PDF version of the above Terms of Reference here 30.18 Kb

 * The reporting date was extended to 30 April 2012 on 8 December 2011 and again to 22 May 2012 on 1 May 2012 by motion of the Legislative Assembly. Extracts from the Votes & Proceedings containing the motions can be downloaded below:

pdf 8 December 2011 9.30 Kb

pdf 1 May 2012 6.84 Kb


The Committee made a call for submissions for the Inquiry in June 2011. The closing date for submissions was 19 August 2011.

The following submissions have been accepted by the Committee:

  1. pdf Association of Applied Geochemists 38.48 Kb
  2. pdf Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority 134.74 Kb 
  3. pdf West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority 816.33 Kb
  4. pdf Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission196.65 Kb
  5. pdf Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League 193.76 Kb
  6. pdf Mr William J. Kyte 1.85 Mb
  7. pdf Mitchell Shire Council 76.28 Kb
  8. pdf Dr Allan G. Rossiter 92.32 Kb
  9. pdf Mrs Anne Scott 177.37 Kb
  10. pdf Hg Recoveries 3.71 Mb
  11. pdf Lakes Oil 411.97 Kb
  12. pdf Latrobe City Council 144.34 Kb
  13. pdf Minelab Electronics 96.91 Kb
  14. pdf Morning Star Gold 239.95 Kb
  15. pdf Geos Mining 255.68 Kb
  16. pdf Ararat City Council 256.11 Kb
  17. pdf Western Mining Services 1.67 Mb
    1. pdf Attachment — Think Tank 2010 6.94 Mb
  18. pdf Prospecting Supplies Australia 13.77 Kb
  19. pdf Geoscience Australia 62.62 Kb
  20. pdf Victorian Farmers Federation 270.11 Kb
    1. pdf Attachment — Exploration and Mining on Private Land 471.70 Kb
  21. pdf Northern Grampians Shire Council 70.32 Kb
  22. pdf Exergen 2.48 Mb
  23. pdf City of Greater Bendigo 1.50 Mb
  24. pdf Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 238.59 Kb
  25. pdf Resource Futures 29.40 Kb
  26. pdf Iluka Resources 380.69 Kb
  27. pdf Mr M. E. Williams 96.56 Kb
  28. pdf Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union 99.97 Kb
  29. pdf Australian Uranium Association 312.99 Kb
    1. pdf Attachment 1 — Nuclear Activities (Prohibitions) Act Is Not Best Practice 190.15 Kb
    2. pdf Attachment 2 — Australian Uranium and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle 1.60 Mb
  30. pdf Mount Rommel Mining 79.03 Kb
  31. pdf CSIRO 76.16 Kb
  32. pdf Australian Institute of Geochemists 96.32 Kb
  33. pdf Minerals Council of Australia 874.35 Kb
  34. pdf Unity Mining 146.60 Kb
  35. pdf Orion Gold 92.15 Kb
  36. pdf Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia 1.16 Mb
    1. pdf Attachment 1 — Madrid Raw Materials Declaration 126.22 Kb
    2. pdf Attachment 2 — Planning Policies and Permitting Procedures to Ensure the Sustainable Supply of Aggregates in Europe 1.46 Mb 
    3. pdf Attachment 3 — Economic Contribution of the Extractive Industries in Victoria 277.93 Kb 
    4. pdf Attachment 4 — Queensland Government: State Planning Policy 2/07 1.67 Mb  
  37. pdf Boral 81.76 Kb
  38. pdf Association of Mining and Exploration Companies 141.48 Kb
  39. pdf Independence Group 885.30 Kb
  40. pdf Construction Material Processors Association 330.89 Kb
  41. pdf Friends of the Earth 37.47 Kb
  42. pdf Wellington Shire Council 2.04 Mb
  43. pdf Gippsland Coastal Board 120.90 Kb
  44. pdf East Gippsland Shire Council 350.17 Kb
  45. pdf Ovens Landcare Network 288.00 Kb
  46. pdf DJ, MJ & SJ Minifie 164.88 Kb
  47. pdf Moorabool Environment Group 461.15 Kb
    1. pdf Attachment 1 — A Submission on the Mineral Resource (Sustainable Development) Act (MRSDA) Review 82.30 Kb
    2. pdf Attachment 2 — Change and Continuity in Peri-urban Australia 2.43 Mb
    3. pdf Attachment 3 — Biosecurity and Small Landholders in Peri-urban Australia 1.73 Mb
    4. pdf Attachment 4 — Premier's Commitments — Appendix 8 111.60 Kb
  48. pdf Prospectors & Miners Association Victoria 381.49 Kb
    1. pdf Attachment 1 — DPI's Statutory Endorsement flowchart 81.79 Kb
    2. pdf Attachment 2 — Gold production graph 14.52 Kb
    3. pdf Attachment 3 — PMAV submission to recent DPI review 14.27 Kb
    4. pdf Attachment 4 — Eureka Echo, Winter 2011 4.38 Mb
  49. pdf Mardan/Mirboo North Landcare Group 31.94 Kb
  50. pdf Environment Victoria 641.83 Kb
  51. pdf Gannawarra Shire Council 115.42 Kb
  52. pdf Victorian Limestone Producers Association 96.61 Kb
  53. pdf Castlemaine Goldfields 330.42 Kb
  54. pdf Environment Defenders Office 182.42 Kb
  55. pdf Mr John Cahill 324.76 Kb
  56. pdf Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council 4.70 Mb
  57. pdf Municipal Association of Victoria 155.96 Kb
  58. pdf Victorian Government 323.40 Kb
  59. pdf WorkSafe Victoria 715.41 Kb
  60. pdf The University of Melbourne 134.64 Kb

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