All mining proposals must proceed according to the requirements set out in the Mineral Exploration and Development Assessment Process.

Assessment Coordination Unit

The Assessment Coordination Unit coordinates the technical and regulatory input of responses from Division of Resources & Geoscience units during the Mineral Exploration and Development Assessment Process, including responses to  Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), Environmental Impact Statements and responses to submissions.

Conceptual Project Development Plan for mining projects

The Assessment Coordination Unit provides technical consideration of new mining proposals and extensions to existing mines at the  Conceptual Project Development Plan (CPDP) stage. The CPDP process gives the proponent the opportunity to discuss all aspects of the project with the Division of Resources & Geoscience before commencing the project assessment and approvals process.

This step will assist in streamlining the development approval process and subsequent mining or petroleum lease for a new project or major extensions to an existing mine or petroleum development allowing for early engagement with the Division of Resources & Geoscience to determine base requirements.

NSW Major Mining Project Development Assessment and Approval Process

For an outline of the process involved in project assessment and approval view the NSW Mineral Exploration and Development Assessment and Approvals Process for Major Mining and Petroleum (including coal seam gas) Projects.