Handbooks

Following consultation with the Australian mining industry and other interest groups, the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry (LPSDP) developed fifteen handbooks to address the key issues affecting sustainable development.

The informative and user-friendly handbooks provide mine managers, communities and regulators with essential information on current sustainable mining practices. The case studies included in the publications encourage, assist and lead all sectors of the mining industry beyond the requirements set by legislation.

Each publication was created with the oversight of individual working groups comprising experts in Australian mining, including Australian mining and minerals industry operators, Australian mining peak bodies and industry training providers, the Minerals Council of Australia, and Australian state and territory government agencies.

Following the success of the handbooks, an overarching publication ‘A Guide to Leading Practice Sustainable Development in Mining’ (see below) was developed to complement the original handbooks.

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A Guide to Leading Practice Sustainable Development in Mining

This reference guide consolidates the information in the handbooks into a single reference guide, organised in such a way to reflect the life cycle of a mining operation. Reflecting their importance in highlighting the key messages, selected case studies have been retained.

The handbooks have proven to be extremely popular internationally and therefore in this reference book, a number of international case studies have been used to emphasise the global applicability of the key messages. These case studies were not in the LP handbooks.

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A Guide to Leading Practice Sustainable Development in Mining

Airborne Contaminants, Noise and Vibration

The issues covered in this handbook have a number of things in common. Of all the topics covered in the leading practice handbook series, this group of issues is arguably the one that generates more complaints and more opposition from the local community than any others.

The complaints are often immediate and are usually directed to the mine or, in many cases, to the regulator. Residents living near a mine site will not hesitate to phone the local environment protection authority or mines inspector to demand action.

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Airborne Contaminants, Noise and Vibration

Biodiversity Management

This handbook addresses the theme of biodiversity management, which is one theme in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program.

The aims of the Program are to identify the key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and provide information and case studies that illustrate a more sustainable basis for the mining industry.

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Biodiversity Management

Community Engagement and Development

This handbook addresses community engagement and development, a theme in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program. The program aims to identify key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and provide information and case studies that illustrate a more sustainable basis for the industry.

There are a number of other themed handbooks in the series, which aim to complement this handbook.

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Community Engagement and Development

Cyanide Management

This handbook addresses cyanide management from a sustainable development perspective. The handbook updates the principles and procedures of cyanide use outlined in the Best Practice Environmental Management Cyanide Management booklet (Environment Australia 2003) and it also relates to sustainable development issues as discussed in the Minerals Council of Australia’s Enduring Value (MCA 2004).

This handbook also addresses the implementation of the International Cyanide Management Code (ICMI 2006) (the Code) together with recent regulatory changes in Australia. Leading practice cyanide management continues to develop through the Code process; however, the previous two best-management practice documents (Environment Australia 1998 2003) remain a source of fundamental technical details on cyanide management.

This handbook outlines practices for cyanide management from a risk management perspective and presents a number of case studies highlighting strategies that are currently being implemented by the Australian mining industry.

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Cyanide Management

Evaluating Performance: Monitoring and Auditing

This handbook addresses the theme of evaluating performance through monitoring and auditing, which are key elements in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry. The aims of the program are to identify the key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and provide information and case studies that illustrate how to establish a more sustainable basis for the mining industry.

This handbook addresses the ongoing assessment of impacts at all stages of a resource project, from pre-feasibility through planning, environmental and social impact assessment, development, operation rehabilitation, decommissioning and closure.

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Evaluating Performance: Monitoring and Auditing

Hazardous Materials Management

This handbook has been designed to identify guiding principles and leading practices in the handling and storage of hazardous materials through the mine life cycle. It provides links to relevant source material and state and federal legislation and guidelines for further reading and detail.

While a primary consideration of hazardous materials management is worker health and safety, the handbook recognises the potential for impacts from hazardous materials used and exposed during mining and mineral processing on the natural environment and the need to manage them to minimise those impacts.

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Hazardous Material Management

Managing Acid and Metalliferous Drainage

This handbook addresses the theme of Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD), which is one theme in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program.

The program aims to identify the key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and to provide information and case studies that identify a more sustainable approach for the industry.

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Managing Acid and Metalliferous Drainage

Mine Closure and Completion

This handbook addresses mine closure and completion, one of the themes in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program. The program aims to identify key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and provide information and case studies that illustrate a more sustainable basis for the industry.

There are a number of other themed handbooks in the series, which aim to complement this handbook. The leading practice handbooks are relevant to all stages of a mine’s life exploration, feasibility, design, construction, operation and closure and to all facets of an operation.

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Mine Closure and Completion

Mine Rehabilitation

This handbook addresses mine rehabilitation, one of the themes in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program. The program aims to identify key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and provide information and case studies that illustrate a more sustainable basis for the industry.

There are a number of other themed handbooks in the series, which aim to complement this handbook. The exchange of information between all participants in the mining industry is important for promoting leading practice and this program aims to improve that information exchange.

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Mine Rehabilitation

Risk Management

This handbook addresses the issue of risk assessment and management in the Australian mining industry.

In the mining industry—with its inherent potential for major accidents which could injure or kill people, damage the environment, cause serious loss of production and therefore profit—there is a particular need for a sound approach to the process of risk management.

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Risk Management

Stewardship

This handbook addresses the theme of stewardship, which is one theme in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program. The program aims to identify key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and provide information and case studies that illustrate a more sustainable basis for the industry.

This handbook has been written to encourage mine and marketing managers, as well as customers, to apply the principles of stewardship and play a critical role in continuously improving the mining industry’s sustainable development performance.

At the mine, the stewardship aspects of exploration, feasibility, design, construction, operation and closure are important. Beyond the mine gate, the stewardship of minerals products in the marketplace is also crucial. While the principles guiding leading practice are often generic, they can be used to support site-specific sustainability planning.

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Stewardship

Tailings Management

This handbook addresses the theme of Tailings Management in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program. The aims of the program are to identify the key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and provide information and case studies that illustrate a more sustainable basis for mining operations.

There are a number of historical mine sites in Australia that carry a negative legacy of environmental and social impacts, and risks arising from tailings storage facilities (for example, Mt Lyell, Mt Morgan and Rum Jungle).

The impacts relate to poor disposal practices, contaminated seepage and associated impacts to surface and ground waters, and the erosion of tailings and outer batters. These historical legacy sites do not reflect current leading practice tailings management as outlined in this handbook.

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Tailings Management

Water Management

This handbook addresses the theme of stewardship, which is one theme in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program. The program aims to identify key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry and provide information and case studies that illustrate a more sustainable basis for the industry.

This handbook has been written to encourage mine and marketing managers, as well as customers, to apply the principles of stewardship and play a critical role in continuously improving the mining industry’s sustainable development performance.

At the mine, the stewardship aspects of exploration, feasibility, design, construction, operation and closure are important. Beyond the mine gate, the stewardship of minerals products in the marketplace is also crucial. While the principles guiding leading practice are often generic, they can be used to support site-specific sustainability planning.

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Water Management

Working with Indigenous Communities

This handbook provides guidance for resource developers on how to work effectively with Indigenous communities. It is one of a series of complementary handbooks that have been produced as part of the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program.

This program aims to: identify key issues affecting sustainable development in the mining industry, provide information for resource developers and demonstrate good practice in building a more sustainable basis to the industry through the use of practical case study examples.

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Working with Indigenous Communities

More information

For more information about the handbooks, or to obtain hardcopy versions contact the LPSD Program Manager:

Phone: +61 2 6243 7624
Email: sdmining@industry.gov.au.

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