slide 7 approvals-and-compliance-consultancy-hetherington HETHERINGTON Hetherington has a proven record of working with clients to achieve their goals. Contact us Hetherington has been providing industry leading services and expertise in the resources industry for over 30 years.

  • Tenement management

  • Planning and environmental approvals

  • Compliance


Our team is uniquely qualified and has extensive knowledge in highly specialised fields incorporating mining law, environmental law, land access, Native Title and other disciplines.


Tenements are crucial to project success. At Hetherington, we like to build strong and ongoing relationships with our clients, so you can rely on us for continued support in all aspects of tenement management. You can depend on Hetherington whenever you need to acquire new tenements, comply with existing tenement obligations, or seek general advice regarding tenement management.


Environmental and planning approvals for exploration and mining projects are critical to the commencement and overall success of your project. To guarantee the success of your project, it’s crucial that you secure the expertise of a consultancy that specialises in securing and streamlining environmental, planning and other ancillary approvals that your project requires.


Corporate and operational compliance is critical to facilitating the success of your organisation in achieving its commercial goals and involves being compliant with issued approvals. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are fundamental elements of any mining or exploration project and crucial when considering compliance strategies.


At Hetherington, we strive to achieve the best possible outcomes and provide outstanding service to our clients. This wholehearted and ongoing commitment to comprehensive client care and advice has seen us to become an industry leading consultancy that is setting the standard across Australia and the globe.

Our team of consultants are uniquely trained and qualified to provide the high level of expertise that is expected of a consultancy of our reputation and experience.


Tenement management, planning and environmental approvals and compliance are complex and specialised fields, incorporating mining law, environmental law, land access, Native Title and other disciplines.

Hetherington is the premier service provider in Australia in these fields in four key respects:









Get in touch with our Sydney, Perth or Brisbane headquarters to learn more.

With offices in three major cities across Australia, we have the capacity to take on and service clients across all jurisdictions. Every exploration and mining project is unique, and we recognise there is no one-size-fits-all solution for our clients. We provide personalised service that ensures your needs are being met on every level.



  • Tenement management and acquisition.
  • Monitoring prospective ground and applying for tenure throughout Australia and overseas.
  • Preparation and lodgement of applications for grant and renewal, as well as other prescribed dealings.
  • Preparation of exploration programs.
  • Preparation, advice, and coordination of joint venture agreements.
  • Strategic advice in relation to tenement acquisitions and associated sale agreements.
  • Expert strategic advice on key approvals and considerations relating to security of tenure under mining, environmental and land use laws.
  • Preparation of submissions to Government departments regarding conditions of title including expenditure exemptions or suspension of conditions.
  • Cancellation of titles, and associated submissions to Government.
  • Transfer of titles, registration of agreements and encumbrances.
  • Assistance with preparation and lodgement of statutory reports.
  • Negotiation of access and compensation with private, Government and indigenous landowners.
  • Tenement auditing and due diligence to advise commercial transactions including joint ventures, farm-in agreements, and acquisitions.
  • VALMIN Code compliant reports for prospectus reports and share market listings.


  • Advice relating to environmental and planning approval requirements relating to all types of operations.
  • Activity Approvals, Reviews of Environmental Factors and Environmental Impact Assessments.
  • On-site Environmental Assessments and Environmental Liability reports.
  • Preparation of Plans of Operation, security calculations and environmental audits.
  • Monitoring and strategic reduction of rehabilitation liabilities.
  • Coordination of applications for development approvals and other ancillary approvals, including under environmental protection, water management and land use legislation.
  • Negotiation of access and compensation with private, Government and indigenous landowners.
  • Management of land titles.
  • Closure and acquisition of roads.
  • Preparation and lodgement of statutory reports required under existing and future approvals.


  • Maintenance of independent compliance databases for compliance monitoring and auditing purposes.
  • Conducting regular audits in satisfaction of corporate and operational reporting requirements.
  • Liaising with Government departments regarding compliance with environmental, social and operational obligations.
  • Preparation, implementation, and maintenance of internal management systems for ongoing management of authorities and approvals in accordance with current and future terms and conditions, as well as broader environmental, social and governance objectives.
  • Due diligence, auditing and strategic advice relating to the sale and acquisition of assets, including tenement pre-acquisition status and compliance review.
  • Monitoring of compliance with ancillary approvals, including operational plans, environmental licences and permits.
  • Maintenance of consultation registers and details of relevant stakeholder engagement for compliance and reporting purposes.
  • Assistance with Government relation and consultation strategies and facilitation of meaningful engagement.


Hetherington provides services to all jurisdictions from our offices in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

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