As part of the review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991 regime, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published a draft Minerals programme for Petroleum and a draft Minerals programme for Minerals (Excluding Petroleum) for consultation. The purpose of the Minerals Programme is to set out how the Minister will interpret and apply the provisions of the Crown Minerals Act 1991. Decision-makers must act in accordance with this Programme when performing a duty or exercising a power under the Act. See MBIE's website here for further details. Submissions close on 5 December 2012.

The draft Minerals Programme has been prepared in anticipation of the proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act 1991, as set out in the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill. It also reflects amendments likely to be proposed to the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Regulations 2007.