The department promotes and
facilitates Victoria's earth resources industry by providing geoscience
information to help reduce exploration risk. The department also regulates the
industry through licensing, risk management, compliance responsibilities and
community engagement, to ensure that the industry meets legal and environmental
standards, and facilitates the development of low-emission resources.
Strategies and initiatives
Balancing the needs of the environment,
community and industry
Regulation is implementing strategies to safeguard the health and wellbeing
of local communities. The regulator ensures that earth resource developments do
not pose environmental and public safety risks and are accountable to local
communities. This is achieved in partnership with the earth resources industry
and other stakeholders.
The Stavely Project
The Stavely Project, a collaboration between Geoscience
Australia and the Geological Survey of Victoria, is a contribution to the
Initiative which is being
led by the Australian Academy of Science. The initiative seeks to address the
challenges of 'greenfield' exploration in Australia through the provision of
fundamental geoscience data and concepts.
The CarbonNet Project
The CarbonNet Project is investigating the potential for
establishing a world class, large-scale carbon capture and storage network.
Grants, awards, and scholarships
The TARGET minerals exploration initiative is a Victorian Government initiative
designed to increase investment in exploration for base metals and gold in
Divisional owners and entities
Earth Resources Policy and Programs branch
has an economic and industry development focus, supporting and promoting
investment opportunities in the earth resources sector.
Earth Resources Regulation
Regulation has a regulatory and compliance emphasis, with responsibilities
including licensing, risk management and community engagement.
Low Emission Resources branch
Resources is investigating and promoting the development of low carbon
gas-emitting energy sources and carbon sequestration technologies.