ASX is seeking comments by 27 January 2012 on proposed new disclosure rules for mining and oil & gas companies. JORC is seeking comments by 16 December 2011 on proposed changes to the 2004 JORC Code.
A recently released ASX Listing Rules Review Issues Paper sets out a number of important proposals for improving public reporting of exploration information, resources and reserves, and production targets by listed mining and oil and gas companies.
Separately, on 18 October, the Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) published the 2011 JORC Code Review Issues Paper and invited comments on proposed changes to the 2004 JORC Code.
There is considerable overlap between the two papers (at least for mining companies, to whom the JORC Code applies). We encourage listed companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors to review the papers and share their thoughts with us, their industry body or ASX/JORC directly, as a number of the possible changes are material.
ASX Listing Rule requirements specific to listed mining and oil and gas exploration and production companies are predominantly set out in Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules, which incorporates the JORC Code.
The primary stated objective of the ASX and the JORC reviews is to ensure reporting is aligned with international best practice in other developed mining markets.
The key issues and proposals for mining companies which are common to both the ASX and JORC issues papers include:
The JORC issues paper also deals with certain other issues including accountability of competent persons, updating the JORC Code to reflect previous ASX updates and the adoption of proposed CRIRSCO core standard definitions.
The key issues and proposals in the ASX paper for oil and gas companies relate to:
JORC has requested comments on the matters raised in its paper by 16 December 2011 and ASX has requested comments on its paper by 27 January 2012.
Following the receipt of submissions and discussions both groups will make proposed amendments publicly available for a further round of stakeholder input.
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