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27 June 2022
RRAM video guides and annual reports

In preparation for this year’s annual reporting submissions, Earth Resources Regulation has released video guides to help tenement holders navigate the Resources Rights Allocation and Management (RRAM) Portal.

Click here to learn how to check your contact details, re-set your password, add a user or complete other basic tasks.


Tenement holders are encouraged to submit their annual reports digitally. From 2023, hard copy submissions will no longer be accepted. Failing to submit your annual return on time may result in an infringement. 

Should you have any questions or require help with using the RRAM portal, please contact

Exceptional circumstances and minimum expenditure - minerals

Earth Resources Regulation has released two new operational policies to provide minerals explorers with clear guidance around:

  1. exploration licence expenditure and
  2. exceptional circumstances for second renewals.

These policies support retaining competent explorers and ensuring those explorers have access to areas for active exploration.

Access the new policies on the Earth Resources website via the hyperlinks above.

Reportable events and incidents guides

New guidance notes are now available for minerals, extractives and petroleum operators around reportable events and incidents:

  • Reportable Events – A Guide to Reporting under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 for holders of mineral licences - including exploration - and extractive industries work authorities.
  • Reportable Incidents – A Guide to Reporting under the Petroleum Act 1998 and Petroleum Regulations 2021 for holders of petroleum authorities.

All reportable events and reportable incidents must be reported to Earth Resources Regulation in a timely manner. Reporting is always recommended even where you are unsure whether to report.

Familiarise yourself with your reportable event or incident requirements in the guidance notes now available on the Earth Resources website.

Relocation of infrastructure without work plan variation

Earth Resources Regulation recently acknowledged an administrative update enabling the operator of a basalt quarry in South Gippsland Shire to update their approved work plan without the need for a work plan variation.


The changes allowed the relocation of infrastructure, which was documented in the work plan but no longer required.

Since there was no significant increase in risk with these works not going ahead, the changes qualified to be assessed as an administrative update.

More information about administrative updates, including templates, is available on our website.

Monthly and quarterly reports

Visit Earth Resources Regulation’s interactive dashboards, to see the latest information on the assessment of applications for licences and work plans, on the performance reporting page of our website, along with a simple user guide.

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If you have any questions or comments about the work that we do, feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,

Jenine Smith
Acting Executive Director
Earth Resources Regulation


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