Progressive rehabilitation and certification for an environmental authority

Progressive rehabilitation allows you, as the holder of an environmental authority (EA) for a resource activity, to reduce the amount of financial assurance held for your EA. You can also apply for progressive rehabilitation if you want to surrender part of your resources tenure.

Progressive rehabilitation involves the staged restoration of disturbed areas during the exploration, construction or development and resource extraction phases of your project, instead of large-scale works at the end of your project.

Learn more about the requirements for Progressive rehabilitation and closure plan guideline (ESR/2019/4964) (PDF, 2.3MB).

Applying for progressive certification

As the EA holder, you can apply to request certification of progressive rehabilitation to be certified as having rehabilitated parts of the area during the life of the project.

This allows you to reduce your financial assurance payment.

With your application, you must submit a progressive rehabilitation report (ESR/2015/1616) (DOCX, 168KB).

The report must include a compliance statement, which you must use to document the extent to which activities in or near the proposed rehabilitated area have complied with your EA conditions.

The Application for the certification of progressive rehabilitation (ESR/2015/1563) (DOCX, 195KB) includes details on how to complete a compliance statement.

Residual risk payment

You may be directed by the administering authority to make a residual risk payment for the rehabilitated area before any progressive certification takes effect.

The administering authority may delay its decision on your application until you have made the residual risk payment.