FOI Disclosure Log

Last updated:7 June 2023

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Information released

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Geoscience Australia technical advice related to the Carmichael Mine and Rail Project

Published 18 April 2019

On 22 February 2019 Geoscience Australia provided technical advice on Adani Mining Pty Ltd's groundwater management and research plans for the Carmichael mine and rail project. This advice was sought to inform the Department of the Environment and Energy's assessment of the management plans against the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conversation Act 1999. It is not the role of Geoscience Australia to make or suggest regulatory decisions to the Department of the Environment and Energy. This advice and related documents can be found at the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website.

On 5 April, Geoscience Australia was briefed by the Department of the Environment and Energy in a teleconference about changes made by Adani to its groundwater management plans following the technical advice provided on 22 February 2019. Notes relating to this teleconference are provided on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Freedom of Information disclosure log 2019.