Hetherington has a proven record of working with clients to achieve their goals.


Tenement Management

Tenements are a key component to all exploration and mining operations, servicing as the foundational right under which all operations are carried out. Ensuring security of tenure through stringent management of tenements and compliance with conditions of title is paramount to ensuring the overall security of a development.

  • 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.


Planning and Environmental Approvals

We understand that environmental, planning, and other ancillary approvals for exploration and mining projects are equally important to tenements when it comes to the overall success of the project. Hetherington has the expertise to secure, maintain and ensure compliance with these key approvals parallel to any mining rights to ensure streamlined and effective overall management of a project.

  • 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.


Environmental, Social and Governance

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, including corporate and operational compliance, are key to ensuring the success of a project and at the same time meeting commercial goals. This process necessarily involves introducing mechanisms to ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of any approvals issued. We understand the underlying frameworks governing compliance and can provide expert advice at corporate and operational levels to ensure all operations remain compliant with both the issued authorities and also the operator’s broader environmental, social and governance objectives.

  • 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.