The Australian Government is committed to creating a policy framework to expand Australia's resource base, increase the international competitiveness of our resources sector and improve the regulatory regime, consistent with the principles of environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
Through our programs, we assist the resources sector to develop internationally competitive and sustainable industries.
The upstream petroleum sector includes all petroleum exploration and extraction activities. The department provides the Australian Government with high-quality upstream offshore petroleum-related policy advice in the areas of:
Radioactive waste management
Radioactive waste management involves the treatment, conditioning, transportation, storage and disposal of all categories of radioactive wastes, including administrative, operational and safety-related activities.
Mining is a significant primary industry and contributor to the Australian economy. The department is engaged in several key mining activities.
- Australia's mineral commodities
The department has policy responsibility for a number of Australia's mineral commodities, including coal, iron ore, bauxite and aluminium.
- Coal seam gas (CSG)
The department works closely with state and territory governments who have primary responsibility for regulating the CSG industry.
- National Mine Safety Framework
The framework aims to achieve a nationally consistent occupational health and safety regime for the Australian mining industry.
- Offshore exploration and mining
Working in partnership with the states and the Northern Territory, the department assists in the awarding of exploration permits and other titles, and the regulation of industry activities.
Enhancing Australia's resources sector
Australia's economic arrangements are aimed at encouraging production while providing an adequate return to the Australian community.
- Australia's Energy Resource Assessment
Examines identified and potential energy resources and considers the factors likely to influence Australia's energy future in a low-carbon economy to 2030.
- Bilateral minerals and energy cooperation
On behalf of the Australian Government, the department is responsible for regular bilateral minerals and energy consultations with Australia's major trading partners and other stakeholders.
- Resources taxation
To ensure that the community receives a benefit from the development of minerals extraction and petroleum production, the Commonwealth and state and territory governments apply resources taxation.
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