Prior to July 2013, all tenement holders operating on Mining Act 1978 tenure were required to fund bonds as security to ensure that they fulfil their environmental obligations. This model had a number of disadvantages, including tying up significant funds for operators during initial exploration stages. It also restricted the use of the bond money to the particular tenement for which the security was held, rather than addressing the legacy problem of abandoned mines.
It was estimated that bonds in Western Australia covered only 25 per cent of the total outstanding rehabilitation liability for mining operations in the state. This meant that if a mine operator was unable to meet their environmental obligations, the State must pay a significant proportion of the rehabilitation costs.
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) can assist tenement holders with their MRF registration. The MRF team can also assist you to lodge reports and avoid the risk of penalties for non-compliance.
MRF Team contact details
Phone: +61 8 9222 3162
To register with Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF)
Follow the MRF Registration Step by Step Guide will guide you through the registration process