Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry

The Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry (LPSDP) is a program that promotes sustainable development and industry self-regulation through proactive adoption of leading practice principles. The program was launched in 2006 and is administered by the ​Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The LPSDP provides practical guidance to the mining industry through handbooks and workshops. Such resources assist with the implementation of leading practice, and offer the mining industry and other stakeholders the opportunity to improve their social and environmental performance.

An underpinning principle of the program is to encourage, within the mining industry, a shift in approaches and attitudes, as well as in the practices and technologies available.


The program has developed an internationally-successful series of fifteen handbooks which cover leading practice in mining management.

Each handbook has been made available for public download primarily in English, with a selection of handbooks translated into other languages as per their international demand.

Social Responsibility in the Mining and Metals Sector in Developing Countries

This publication draws upon leading practice examples from Australian companies operating both domestically and internationally. It complements the LPSDP message that wealth distribution, community development, environmental protection, health, education and human rights is the business of both governments and mining companies.

More information

For more information about the Leading Practice Sustainable Development program or to obtain hardcopy versions of the handbooks contact the LPSDP Program Manager:
Phone:+61 2 6243 7770
Email: LPSDP@industry.gov.au

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