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Resources Sector Regulation

Draft report released

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What is a study?

  • Why the study?
  • Issues paper
  • Draft report
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to conduct a study to examine regulations affecting business investment in the resources sector in Australia. The study will identify effective regulatory approaches, highlight examples of best practice regulation in Australia and internationally, and examine where successful relationships have been developed between the resources sector and the communities in which resources companies operate.

The Commission will consult with industry participants, government agencies and other interested parties.

Read the Terms of Reference Media release

Issues paper release and initial submissions

The Commission has released an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission. It sets out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at this early stage of the study. Participants should provide evidence to support their views, including data and specific examples where possible.

Initial submissions were due by 31 October 2019.

Read the issues paper

Draft report release

The Commission is seeking further information and feedback following the expected release of a draft report on 24 March 2020.

This study examines regulation of the resources sector, identifying issues and leading practice approaches to addressing them. The main focus is on how regulation is designed, administered and enforced.

The key message is that there is room for significant improvement. Greater use of leading practice would encourage investment (because it would remove unnecessary regulatory costs), and would build confidence and trust in regulation of the sector across the wider community.

Submissions are due by Friday 5 June 2020.

Read the draft report

Final report to Government and release

The final study report is to be handed to the Australian Government in August 2020 and will be released shortly after.

Next milestone

Draft report submissions due by Friday 5 June 2020


Who is the Commissioner?

Lisa Gropp

Who to contact

Karen Carmichael
Ph: 03 9653 2356


Free call: 1800 020 083

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