What is the MRF?

The Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) is a pooled fund to which Western Australian mining operators contribute. The Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012, which provides the framework for the fund, was enacted in 2012.

Register for the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

Lodge your Mining Rehabilitation Fund Report.

All tenement holders operating on Mining Act 1978 (Mining Act) tenure (with the exception of tenements covered by State Agreements not listed in the regulations), are required to report disturbance data and contribute annually to the fund. Tenements with a rehabilitation liability estimate (RLE) below a threshold of $50,000 must report disturbance data but are not required to pay into the fund.

Money in the fund is available to rehabilitate abandoned mines across the State in circumstances where the tenement holder/operator fails to meet rehabilitation obligations and every other effort has been used to recover funds from the operator.

Interest earned on fund contributions will be used to fund the administration of the MRF and will also be used to undertake rehabilitation works on legacy abandoned mine sites throughout the State.

As the MRF is a special purpose account under the Financial Management Act 2006, funds must be spent in accordance with the purposes stated in the MRF legislation. The MRF account balance and levy percentage will be monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure that the fund is appropriately managed to meet current and emerging rehabilitation liabilities, as well as administrative costs.

The introduction of the MRF does not absolve tenement holders/operators of their legal obligations to carry out rehabilitation works on a tenement.

The fund will enhance the State's ongoing capacity to manage and rehabilitate abandoned mines, leading to better environmental and community safety outcomes.

The short video provides an overview of the background, implementation and positive results of the MRF.

MRF Legislation

The Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012 provides for:

  • the establishment of the MRF
  • the declaration of abandoned mine sites
  • a levy payable in respect of mining authorisations
  • other related matters.

The Mining Rehabilitation Fund Regulations 2013 are required to deal with matters around the practical operation of the new scheme. Most importantly, these regulations:

  • specify how the new mining rehabilitation levy will be calculated. This includes listing categories of land disturbance that will be assessed for the levy, and the per-hectare dollar rates that will apply for each category
  • deal with administrative matters about reporting and assessment, including the due date for reporting;
  • list the matters that the new Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel can advise upon, and set out requirements about the membership and procedure of the Panel; and
  • provide for infringement notices to be issued for late assessment information.

MRF Data Release

MRF

The MRF data is published on DMP's website annually. Released data shows ground disturbance as reported by the tenement holder and can be found in the 'MRF documents' section of this web page.

There are approximately 22,000 mining tenements across the State and, as a requirement of the MRF, all tenement holders are required to provide DMP with accurate information of the types and areas of ground disturbance for each tenement.  This data is used to calculate the annual MRF levy.

For the first time, this data establishes how much land is actually disturbed in each year by exploration and mining activities on Mining Act tenure. This data builds on the information collected and monitored by DMP when it approves and monitors a project.

The released MRF data is available for users to filter and search by region, type of disturbance and type of lease.

The public will also be able to access the data to gain a detailed picture of mining and exploration activities in their area, including the scale of disturbance on tenements that may be the subject of a potential purchase. Some notes on the released data are as follows:

  • Mine Activity Types are those that are defined in the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Regulations 2013.
  • Where the mine activity type reads 'there is no assessment information for this tenement' , it means that the tenement holder has  reported no disturbance or land under rehabilitation for that tenement.
  • Where the mine activity type reads 'no report provided', it indicates that the tenement holder did not provide a valid report for that year.

DMP will be undertaking audits each year on the data provided by industry to ensure that it provides an accurate representation of the disturbance on tenements. If you have queries regarding the data please email the MRF team.

The MRF Online Calculator assists tenement holders to estimate their rehabilitation liability and the associated MRF levy. The calculator also demonstrates how to reduce the levy through progressive rehabilitation of disturbances on the tenement.

The calculator provides a liability estimate based on the level and type of disturbance and the amount of rehabilitation that has been conducted on a tenement.  It allows tenement holders to enter individual activity types, for example roads or tailings storage facilities, or combine multiple activities into a single 'Mine Activity Type' and can assist tenement holders to gauge the potential impact that future rehabilitation work, or expanded operations, may have on the levy calculation.

Tenement holders who use the calculator must still submit their annual MRF disturbance report, as this is not connected to the MRF reporting system.  The estimate is intended to be indicative only and the reliability of its results depends on the accuracy of the disturbance information that’s entered.

Use the Rehabilitation Liability Estimate Calculator to determine the applicable RLE and MRF levy based on a range of tenement activity scenarios.

MRF documents

Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) 2016 Data Release - 1712 Kb

Mining Activity and Disturbance Data reported by tenement holders for the period ended 30 June 2016

Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) Summary Data 2016 - 1214 Kb

Assessment information reported for period ended 30 June 2016

Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) Yearly Report 2016 - 1934 Kb

The MRF Yearly Report provides a summary by bringing together the information from the 2016 State budget and the 2015-2016 DMP Annual report, as well as other publicly released information regarding the MRF

The Administration of mining securities for mine sites regulated by the Department of Mines and Petroleum - 2014 - 574 Kb

Current policy for mining securities in Western Australia: Unconditional Performance Bonds to the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

GEMG Presentation on Abandoned Mines Program - May 2016 - 4422 Kb

Presentation on the Abandoned Mines Program presented to the Goldfields Environmental Management Group (GEMG)

Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) Yearly Report 2015 - 1017 Kb

The MRF Yearly Report provides a summary by bringing together the information from the 2015 State budget and the 2014-2015 DMP Annual report, as well as other publicly released information regarding the MRF.

Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) 2015 Data Release - 1098 Kb

2015 data releases for the Mining Rehabilitation Fund (updated 22nd October 2015). N.B. Data includes all MRF submissions lodged up to the due date and does not include dead tenements.

Mining Rehabilitation Fund Guidance - 2013 - 4348 Kb

The current guidance document for the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

Mining Rehabilitation Fund - Fact Sheet - 2015 - 508 Kb

A factsheet for tenement holders and the general public on the who, what, when, where and how of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

Mining Rehabilitation Fund Verification Code Registration Step by Step Guide - 2015 - 812 Kb

Step by step guide for registering your Mining Rehabilitation Fund verification code.

The Mining Rehabilitation Fund – The First Two Years - 2015 - 767 Kb

Background, implementation and success in the first two years of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) Frequently Asked Questions - 2015 - 536 Kb

Frequently asked questions about the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

MRF awarded the Premier's Awards 2015

Western Australias Premiers awards Category winner

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett recognised the MRF project for its contribution to economic development within the State by announcing it as a joint winner of the 2015 Western Australia Premier’s Award.

The MRF received the award for excellence in public sector management in the ‘Developing the Economy’ category.

This award recognises projects which stimulate the economy of Western Australia and DMP were awarded as a joint winner in this category along with the Pilbara Ports Authority.

DMP were also nominated for the same category in 2014 however finished as a finalist after strong competition from other departments and agencies.

Contacts

MRF Team
Email: mrfenquiry@dmp.wa.gov.au
Phone: +61 8  9222 3162

Media enquiries
Phone:  +61 8 9222 6102

More information

Follow the link to view the Mining Rehabilitation Fund proclamation.

Follow the link to view the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Regulations 2013

Follow the link to view the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012