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Activities that cause major ground disturbance are not considered eligible activities under an expedited procedure grant.
The following table shows activities that may be undertaken using the expedited procedure through native title protection conditions (NTPCs) for some exploration permits for minerals and coal, and some mineral development licences.
|Agreed activities considered eligible to be undertaken after notification as prescribed by the NTPCs||Activities that require notification, inspections or monitoring as prescribed by the NTPCs|
|Aerial surveys||Levelling of drilling pads and digging sumps|
|Geological and surveying field work that doesn't involve clearing||Fence line changing|
|Sampling by hand methods||Open trenching or costeaning with an excavator|
|Ground-based geophysical surveys that don't involve clearing||Vegetation clear-felling|
|Environmental field work that doesn't involve clearing||Construction of an exploration camp, concrete pad, sewage or water treatment facility, or fuel dump|
Drilling and activities associated with drilling that don't include:
Geophysical surveying with physical clearing|
Seismic survey using explosives
Construction of a track or access road
Changes to activities post-grant
Undertaking activities that are likely to involve major disturbance to land under a resource authority granted subject to NTPCs would result in a breach of grant conditions. Such a breach may result in the issue of a compliance direction or initiate compliance action by the Minister who may impose a penalty, amend or impose new conditions, or cancel the permit.