Five experts have been appointed to provide independent advice to the State Government about the use of funds for mine site rehabilitation.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion announced the make-up of an independent advisory panel to provide advice about administration of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund, legacy sites and rehabilitation priorities.
The Minister said the panel members offered a breadth of expertise including technical resources and industry experience in mine closure, planning, costing and strategies, as well as financial management and legal experience.
They are mine engineer Michael Slight, accountant Julie Hill, lawyer Charmian Barton and mine closure specialist John Gardner and mine closure specialist Phil Scott.
The panel members have been appointed for two years to provide advice to the director general of the Department of Mines and Petroleum.
They will help identify abandoned mines, prioritise sites for rehabilitation, determine expenditure and provide guidance in the administration of the fund.
"This is an opportunity to be involved in a mine rehabilitation system unlike any other in the world," Mr Marmion said.
The fund largely replaces the bond system to cover rehabilitation costs, free-up capital and encourage ongoing rehabilitation of the State's mine sites.
It was set up after three years of research, consultation with industry and policy development.