Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund

The NSW Government’s Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund will ensure coal mining communities have the support and funds they need to diversify their economies for a strong and vibrant future.

View over the Hunter valley at sunset

The NSW Government will set aside at least $25 million each year from mining royalties to support coal mining communities in NSW through the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund. The funding will ensure that coal mining communities can make targeted investments towards strategic planning, workforce development programs, constructing enabling infrastructure, and establishing new industries and employment opportunities. 

The coal mining industry plays an important role in the workforce and economy of NSW, producing around 80 per cent of the state’s electricity supply and supporting over 100,000 direct and indirect jobs. While the industry will continue to be a critical part of energy production and employment in NSW for years to come, the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund will ensure coal mining communities have the support they need to plan for the future and to diversify their economies. 

Regional Expert Panels 

As part of the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund, the NSW Government is currently establishing Regional Expert Panels to represent the Hunter, Illawarra, Central West and North West regions. 

The Regional Expert Panels will be responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Deputy Premier on applications received through the Fund. This will ensure decision-making is aligned with the needs of the local area.

Applications for positions on the Regional Expert Panels opened on Monday 8 August 2022 and closed at 5pm on Monday 5 September 2022.

The recruitment process targeted candidates with a diverse range of skills, gender, expertise, backgrounds and experiences.

The Regional Expert Panels will each consist of between 5 and 10 members, including a chairperson and deputy chairperson. The members and chairpersons will be appointed by the Deputy Premier, while the deputy chairpersons will be appointed by the Regional Expert Panel members. 

The NSW Government has partnered with independent firm Hudson Executive for the Regional Expert Panel recruitment process. A recruitment panel will consider the applications and provide advice to the Deputy Premier prior to the appointments being made, in line with the requirements under Premier’s Memorandum M2021-07.

The appointments will be published on this webpage following the finalisation of the recruitment process.

Program Updates 

The Deputy Premier, the Hon. Paul Toole MP took carriage of the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 through the NSW Parliament and the Legislation enabling the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund was passed in May 2022.

Consultation on the draft Regulations for the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund was undertaken from Wednesday 29 June 2022 until Wednesday 27 July 2022. 

The Department of Regional NSW hosted targeted consultation sessions in the Hunter, Illawarra, North West and Central West, and local councils, industry bodies, businesses and community groups and invited feedback on the Regional Expert Panel structures outlined in the Regulations.

Feedback received through submissions during the consultation period have been considered as part of the final Regulation. Read the summary of Department's response to this feedback (PDF 280.27KB).

On 19 October 2022, the Executive Council considered and approved the commencement of the Royalties for Rejuvenation provisions in the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Act 2022 and associated Regulation. Accordingly, the Royalties for Rejuvenation sections in the Mining Act 1992 and the provisions in the Mining Regulation 2016 commenced on 21 October 2022.

A final version of the Mining Amendment (Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund) Regulation 2022 (PDF 291.82KB) is now available. 

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Resources and news

Visit this page to read past news articles regarding the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund.

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