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Minerals Development Acts

Minerals Development Acts

​Mineral exploration and mining are regulated under the Minerals Development Acts 1940 -1999.  The Minerals Development Act 2017 was enacted on 26 July 2017 and is due to be commenced. 

The Minerals Development Act 2017 will provide for:

  • the regulation of prospecting for and development of minerals;

  • a statutory vesting of the exclusive right to work minerals in the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, subject to the payment of compensation;

  • compulsory acquisition of other rights necessary for efficient development of minerals, subject to payment of compensation;

  • the payment to the State of rents and royalties from the extraction of minerals; and

  • preparation and implementation of rehabilitation plans for abandoned mine sites.

Regulations relating to the 1940 - 1999 Primary Acts are available under Secondary Legislation.

Legislation Documents



Minerals Development Act 2017 Development Act 201703/08/2017 23:00:00pdf907138
Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 -Miscellaneous Provisions- Act 2006.pdfEnergy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 200612/04/2015 23:00:00pdf261846
Minerals Development Act 1940 Development Act 194012/04/2015 23:00:00pdf92947
Minerals Development Act 1979 Development Act 197912/04/2015 23:00:00pdf24282
Minerals development Act 1995 development Act 199512/04/2015 23:00:00pdf15381
Minerals Development Act 1999 Development Act 199912/04/2015 23:00:00pdf17209
Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960 and Other Minerals Development Act 196012/04/2015 23:00:00pdf222467