Australian mining information for community decision-making

site level water disclosures for the Macquarie and Lachlan catchments

Shane Leong, James Hazelton, Ros Taplin, Wendy Timms, David Laurence

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Abstract

This paper examines the adequacy of both the regulatory regime and reporting practices of water reporting of Australian mine sites in the context of the Macquarie and Lachlan catchments of New South Wales. The water disclosure requirements placed on the mining industry via Australian legislation are compared to the suggested water reporting indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Water Accounting Framework for the Minerals Industry (WAFMI) and the reporting practices of nine mining operations are reviewed. It is found that while legislation places very little direct reporting requirements on mining companies, the web-based disclosure requirements of development consent conditions are quite significant. This study suggests that government regulations may mean that substantial sustainability information is publicly available, but may not be contained within corporate sustainability reports.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollected papers of APIRA Kobe 2013
EditorsKatsuhiko Kokubu, Norio Sawabe, Manabu Sakaue
Place of PublicationKobe, Japan
PublisherAPIRA Conference Committee
Pages1-37
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAsia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference (7th : 2013) - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 26 Jul 201328 Jul 2013

Conference

ConferenceAsia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference (7th : 2013)
CityKobe, Japan
Period26/07/1328/07/13

Keywords

  • mining
  • water
  • disclosure

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    Leong, S., Hazelton, J., Taplin, R., Timms, W., & Laurence, D. (2013). Australian mining information for community decision-making: site level water disclosures for the Macquarie and Lachlan catchments. In K. Kokubu, N. Sawabe, & M. Sakaue (Eds.), Collected papers of APIRA Kobe 2013 (pp. 1-37). Kobe, Japan: APIRA Conference Committee.