ERR 2018/19 Annual Statistical Report

By on April 7, 2020

DR ELIZABETH GIBSON, General Manager of CMPA reports on the ERR 2018/19 Statistical Report.

Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) has recently released the 2018/19 Annual Statistical Report (available at www.earthresources.vic.gov.au).

The upturn in annual construction material tonnages continues to its highest level ever.

However, it was noted that ERR had amended the tonnages for the previous four financial years (in comparison to figures shown in the relevant past statistical reports).

Due to these amendments, published comparison figures for past rock type ($/tonne) cannot be presented with any accuracy.

Figure 1 gives the production in tonnes; $ per tonne and projected tonnes of construction material against the financial year.

It can be clearly seen that:

  • Extractive Resources Supply and Demand Study 2015-2050 underestimated the future needs for construction material in Victoria by approximately 21% for 2018/19.
  • Of interest is the steady increase in value of construction material over the past 4 years.
  • In 2018/19 there was a 3.4% increase in value from 2017/18.
Figure 1

*projected tonnage: Extractive Resources Supply and Demand Study 2015-2050 (https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/geology-exploration/industry-investment/minerals-development-victoria/extractive-resources-demand-and-supply-study)

Figure 2 gives the number of hectares approved per annum (excluding limestone and soil) by ERR and is sourced from the GeoVic spatial mapping tool (https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/geology-exploration/maps-reports-data/geovic).

  • The number of hectares approved is not the extractive area which will be much less and is inside the Work Authority area.
  • The spike in 2015 relates to an increase in Work Authority applications that were approved prior to the introduction of the risk-based work plan and centralisation of Work Authority approvals staff.
  • According to the data there have only been 8 Work Authority approvals since the introduction of the risk-based work plan 8 December 2015.
Figure 2

It is interesting to compare Figure 1. And Figure 2. At present Victoria is facing unprecedented demand for construction materials due to increasing immigration requiring residential development and major infrastructure projects. Yet the Work Authority approvals are at an all time low.

The CMPA Secretariat will bring this to the attention of the Victorian Government.

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