Freedom of Information (FOI)

Applications under the Freedom of Information Act 1992

The Freedom of Information Act 1992 (FOI Act) gives every person the right to seek access to documents held by government agencies.

Documents may include:

  • Written material;
  • Diaries;
  • Emails;
  • Plans;
  • Drawings;
  • Photographs;
  • Electronic images;
  • Film; or
  • Any information stored in an electronic format.

DMP aims to make documents available as soon as possible and at the least possible cost. Whenever possible, documents will be provided outside the Freedom of Information (FOI) process. The agency is, however, mindful of its obligations including but not limited to:

  • The workings of Government;
  • Confidentiality; and
  • The rights of third parties in relation to personal and business/commercial information.

Under the FOI Act a person’s right to access information is not affected by any reasons the person gives or the agency’s beliefs as to what the person’s reasons are for wanting access. However, some documents or parts of documents may be exempt from release under the FOI Act. The FOI Act’s exemption provisions protect the disclosure or information that, if released, would have a detrimental effect on businesses, private individuals or the functioning of the government.

Information available outside of The FOI Act

For more information about access to the various documents held by this department, please refer to the DMP Freedom of Information Statement.

The Mineral House Library, located on level 1, 100 Plain Street, East Perth is open to the public from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday. The library holds an extensive collection of publications covering all aspects of the geology of Western Australia, as well as geological and mining publications from Australia and overseas.

DMP’s Online Systems contain a vast amount of public information covering all business areas of the department, including mining tenements, mining projects, petroleum projects and geoscientific information. The library officers can provide assistance with the use of the department’s Online Systems and conduct Mining Register searches (charges apply).

Details of documents available for purchase from DMP can be found online in the eBookshop.

FOI Lodgement

Access to all documents held by DMP that are not publicly available may be applied for through a Freedom of Information (FOI) application. DMP encourages applicants to discuss their request prior to submitting an application with either:

  • Freedom of Information Coordinator (Mineral House): 9222 3246
  • Freedom of Information Coordinator (Resources Safety Division): 9358 8147

This discussion will clarify the FOI process and confirm that the information sought may be provided through FOI.

Under the FOI Act, DMP must collect an application fee of $30.00 for non-personal applications before the request for access can be considered. Additional charges may apply for processing applications. The charges are calculated on the basis of 20c per page for photocopying and $30 per hour for processing time. However, DMP is committed to providing access to documents at the least possible cost and so charges are always kept to a minimum.

There are no fees or charges for providing an applicant with access to personal information about the applicant.

All FOI applications should:

  • Be submitted in writing, either on one of the department’s application forms (see below) or in a letter;
  • Provide an address in Australia to which notices can be sent; and
  • Provide enough information for the department to identify the requested documents*.

* If the scope of the application is too broad, under the FOI Act the department may refuse to process the request

The Freedom of Information Coordinator
Department of Mines and Petroleum
100 Plain Street
EAST PERTH WA 6004

or, for documents concerning mine safety and dangerous goods licences:

The Freedom of Information Coordinator
Resources Safety Division
Department of Mines and Petroleum
100 Plain Street
EAST PERTH WA 6004

Please note the Resources Safety Division is located at:
Level 1, 1 Adelaide Terrace
EAST PERTH WA 6004

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt and applicants will be notified of the department’s decision within 45 days of receipt.

General FOI information is also available by accessing the Office of Information Commissioner's website

Submit an application for personal information concerning resources safety matters. No fee applies.

Submit an application for information concerning resources safety matters. A $30 fee applies.

Submit an application for personal information concerning other than resources safety matters. No fee applies.

Submit an application for information concerning other than resources safety matters, A $30 fee applies.

Application Forms

If you do not wish to submit online, you can use the forms below:

Freedom of Information (FOI) application for access to documents - Resources Safety - 1674 Kb

FOI application for access to documents

Freedom of Information (FOI) Application Form - 855 Kb

Freedom of Information (FOI) Application Form

Transparency Policy

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has formally adopted a Transparency Policy that will ensure its regulatory, decision making and investment attraction processes are publicly available for the benefit of the people of Western Australian.

The department’s aim is to keep stakeholders informed of issues that affect them by providing transparent, timely, consistent and accessible information.

DMP’s guiding principle is that if there is no legal reason to protect information, it should be open to public access.

Download the Transparency Policy document.