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Publications archive - Ecologically Sustainable Development


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Part 2 Sectoral Issues - Chapter 5


To further develop the mining industry in a way which manages the renewable and non-renewable resources on which it depends in an efficient manner which is also consistent with the principles of ESD.

Strategic Approach

This will be achieved by ensuring exploration and mining activities are conducted in accordance with the principles underlying this Strategy. The primary focus of action will be on improving opportunities for ecologically sustainable minerals and energy development through: enhanced decision making; achieving a high standard of environmental and occupational health and safety performance; strengthening the geoscientific information base; optimising the economic return to the community from mining; and improving consultative mechanisms.

In addition, strategies adopted in two of the intersectoral issues - land use planning and decision making (part 3, section 13) and the nature conservation system (part 3, section 10) are of particular significance to the mining industry.

Objective 5.1

Governments will:

Objective 5.2

Governments will:

Objective 5.3

Governments will: