Mining Regulations are statutory instruments that enable the authorities to make detailed decisions regarding mining and exploration regulation. For example, it may be necessary to take immediate action to prevent a mine site’s immediate closure following a tragic event or in anticipation of an environmental disaster.

The determinant category is the landowner property on which minerals are proposed to be mined or to be drilled. This includes persons who own land that is intended to be used for mineral deposits. A drilling site will generally need to have proper authorization, or else it will not be able to conduct surface mining or for horizontal seam gas or horizontal oil exploration. This is especially important in Western Australia, where many government laws and state laws prohibit the unlawful extraction of mineral deposits. Without the appropriate authorization, a company may be subjected to fines and charges.