Progressive rehabilitation and closure plans (PRC Plans)

Holders of environmental authorities must submit rehabilitation plans for certain mining activities. These may be known under various names, but the department is currently transitioning holders towards Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plans and associated schedules to manage their land rehabilitation.

This portal includes records related to PRC Plans, as required under section 540(1)(a)(iv),(v), (xii) and 540(1)(ab) of the EP Act.

This includes:

  • PRC Plans and PRCP schedules
  • audit reports of PRCP schedules
  • reports about public interest evaluations, other than any confidential information within the meaning of section 316PE of the EP Act
  • application documents for a proposed PRC Plan or an amendment of a PRCP schedule.

Documents are added to the portal incrementally, as they are reviewed by the department (for example, when a response to an information request is submitted by a proponent, or a subsequent response is issued by the department). Accordingly, the range of documents available online depends on the stage a PRC plan is at in its assessment process; not all document types may be available at a given time. The most common stages that a proposed PRC plan goes through are outlined below (noting that not all stages apply to every application, and some applications may have additional requirements under the EP Act):

  1. Application
  2. Information request
  3. Response (proponent)
  4. Response (department)
  5. Decision
  6. Post-approval audits

For further information relating to these documents please refer to mining rehabilitation reforms and PRC Plans.

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Download a list of PRC Plans issued by the department.

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