Consultation

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is committed to stakeholder engagement. Effective and ongoing stakeholder engagement enables better planned and more informed policies, projects and services including a greater understanding and management of issues and potential risks. For stakeholders, the benefits of engagement include the opportunity to have their issues heard and contribute to the decision-making process.

The following engagement principles are used when conducting our business:

Inclusive – We understand and acknowledge stakeholders’ views and consider the issues from their perspective, and be clear and open in our communications.

Relevant – We are risk-based and adaptive, and continuously adjusting our focus in response to changing circumstances, seeking the best outcome for the people of Western Australia.

Responsive – We keep stakeholders informed of issues that affect them by providing transparent, timely, consistent and accessible information and feedback, and engage in a manner that encourages mutual trust and respect.

Stakeholders are individuals, groups or organisations affected, directly or indirectly, by our activities and those that affect our activities. These include the broader community, internal staff, communities affected by mining or petroleum activities, local State and federal governments, community groups, Aboriginal communities and industry groups.

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DRAFT Guideline on excess tonnage for exploration

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is seeking comments on a draft guideline about excess tonnage for exploration.

The draft follows an internal review to evaluate the excess tonnage provisions within the Mining Act 1978, the Mining Regulations 1981, and the relationship of excess tonnage to the Programme of Work process.

The provisions are intended to ensure that excess tonnage can only be requested for genuine exploration or prospecting, rather than for mining.

DMP has prepared this draft guideline to reinforce the need for applicants to demonstrate the excess tonnage is for prospecting or exploration only and does not interfere with the rights of others with an interest in the land.

The draft also clarifies the assessment process and requirements for applications.

When making your comments, please state your point of view clearly and be specific about which part of the guideline you are commenting on.

If you are referencing other material, please indicate the source of your information; and suggest alternative options where appropriate.

Once all submissions are considered, the Department will make a decision as to the final content of the guideline, and advise stakeholders accordingly.

Queries about the draft guideline should be sent to excess.tonnage@dmp.wa.gov.au

The comment period closes on 2 June 2017. Please submit your comments to excess.tonnage@dmp.wa.gov.au
Changes to Environment Plan Summary Submission Process – for stakeholder comment In March 2016, DMP implemented a revised Environment Plan (EP) Summary submission process requiring operators to submit their EP Summary document at the same time as the EP lodgement. This change to the submission process has been made to enable the public to view information regarding petroleum and geothermal activities prior to activity approval. Submissions closed on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

Process flowchart now available: EP Summary Submission Process

Response to submissions: Environment Plan Summary Submission Process - Response to Stakeholder Comments

Draft Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia

This draft guideline outlines the requirements for an Environment Plan in accordance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations 2012, the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Environment) Regulations 2012, and the Petroleum Pipelines (Environment) Regulations 2012.

This guideline aims to improve transparency around the expectations of DMP on the petroleum and geothermal industry and to provide assistance to operators in developing and gaining approval of an Environment Plan.

Once finalised, this guideline will replace the current Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of an Environment Plan amended August 2012 and the Environmental Assessment Processes for Petroleum Activities in Western Australia amended October 2012. The current guidelines have been combined and amended to provide more detailed guidance on environment plan requirements and to clarify expectations around the approval process.
Submissions closed on Friday 15 April 2016.

Guideline now available:  Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia

Response to submissions:    
Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia - Response to Comments

For more information please email ep.guidelines@dmp.wa.gov.au
 
 
Draft guideline for the development of an onshore oil spill contingency plan

Following gazettal of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations and the Petroleum Pipelines (Environment) Regulations on 29 August 2012, petroleum operators are required to submit an Oil Spill Contingency Plan (OSCP) as part of the implementation strategy of an Environment Plan.
The regulations require the OSCP to set out details of the following:

  • preparations to be made for the possibility of an oil spill
  • emergency response arrangements to be implemented if an oil spill occurs
  • recovery arrangements to be implemented if an oil spill occurs
  • current oil spill trajectory modelling that applies to the pipeline activity.
This draft guideline aims to provide assistance in the development of onshore Oil Spill Contingency Plans to satisfy the requirements of the regulations and to meet the expectations of DMP. The draft guideline supports the initiative of the Reforming Environmental Regulation program by improving transparency on oil spill response requirements.
Submissions closed on Friday 4 March 2016.

Guideline now available: Guideline for the Development of an Onshore Oil Spill Contingency Plan

Response to submissions:  Guideline for the Development of an Onshore Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Response to Comments

For more information please email petroleum.environment@dmp.wa.gov.au

 
 
Code of practice for emergency preparedness for mines in Western Australia

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is seeking public comment on a draft code of practice for emergency preparedness for mines in Western Australia. This code of practice has been developed by the Department in collaboration with mine operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It provides guidance on emergency response systems used in surface and underground mines and quarries and developing and evaluating safe work procedures for such systems.

The code focuses on identification of the unique risk profiles in relation to operating mines and emergency preparedness at mine sites.

It is designed to assist those involved with emergency preparedness in Western Australia to meet their legislative obligations for work health and safety under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

The comment period is now closed.

For more information please email: RSDComms@dmp.wa.gov.au

Ventilation in Western Australian metalliferous mining operations – Draft code of practice

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is seeking a second round of public comment on the proposed new code of practice for ventilation in Western Australian mining operations.

Following initial public comment received in September 2016, the document has been revised and stakeholders are now invited to review the amended document.

This document is designed to provide guidance on appropriate strategies for maintaining a respirable atmosphere through the process of ventilation.

The comment period is now closed.

For more information please email: RSDComms@dmp.wa.gov.au

Draft Partnership Guideline – for stakeholder feedback

Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is seeking stakeholder feedback on a draft 'Partnership Guideline' developed to support its Abandoned Mines Program.

The draft guideline follows on from the release of the Abandoned Mines Policy in January this year and supports one of the Policy's key principles - to encourage partnerships with government bodies, community groups and businesses. The guideline aims to provide guidance to stakeholders about the processes used to select and manage abandoned mine project partnerships.
The comment period is now closed.

For further information please contact the Abandoned Mines Team on:

Phone: (08) 9222 3162

Email: abandonedmines@dmp.wa.gov.au
Draft Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia

This draft guideline outlines the requirements for an Environment Plan in accordance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations 2012, the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Environment) Regulations 2012, and the Petroleum Pipelines (Environment) Regulations 2012.

This guideline aims to improve transparency around the expectations of DMP on the petroleum and geothermal industry and to provide assistance to operators in developing and gaining approval of an Environment Plan.

Once finalised, this guideline will replace the current Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of an Environment Plan amended August 2012 and the Environmental Assessment Processes for Petroleum Activities in Western Australia amended October 2012. The current guidelines have been combined and amended to provide more detailed guidance on environment plan requirements and to clarify expectations around the approval process.
Submissions closed on Friday 15 April 2016.

Guideline now available: Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia

Response to submissions: Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia – response to comments.

For more information please email petroleum.environment@dmp.wa.gov.au

 
Code of practice for ventilation in Western Australian mining operations

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is seeking public comment on the proposed new code of practice for ventilation in Western Australian mining operations.

This code of practice will assist those involved with the ventilation of mines in Western Australia to meet their legislative obligations for work health and safety under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act, 1994. This document is designed to provide guidance on appropriate strategies for maintaining a respirable atmosphere through the process of ventilation.

The code is designed for those with functions and responsibilities for planning, designing, implementing and maintaining ventilation systems. It may also be useful for supervisors, operations personnel, designers and safety and health representatives who need to understand the hazards associated with the provision of an acceptable standard of ventilation in a mining environment.

The comment period is now closed.

For more infromation please email: RSDComms@dmp.wa.gov.au

Regulatory Impact Statement on Work Health and Safety (Resources and Major Hazards) Regulations – industry feedback sought The Department has engaged Marsden Jacob Associates to independently manage the RIS consultation process on the proposed consolidated Work Health and Safety (Resources and Major Hazards) Regulations. The consultation paper and further information about how to contribute to the process are available on the Marsden Jacob website. The submission period is now closed. Any queries or concerns should be directed to Alex Marsden on (08) 9324 1785 or whs@marsdenjacob.com.au.

Draft dangerous goods transport risk assessment template

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is seeking public comment on a draft dangerous goods transport risk assessment template. This template is designed to assist transport companies in assessing the risk posed by transport activities of packaged dangerous goods and placardable units.

The template focuses primarily on:

  • physical hazards of dangerous goods packages and the consolidation of goods onto trailer and into freight containers
  • itemising inherent risks associated with the nine classes of dangerous goods, from the perspective of the hazards confronting the carrier
  • examining the consignment system and procedural aspects of transport, including activation of a company's transport emergency response plan

Submissions on the draft guideline close 12 noon, Friday 27 May 2016.

For more infromation please email: RSDComms@dmp.wa.gov.au

 

Draft Guidance - Materials Characterisation Baseline Data Requirements for Mining Proposals

This draft guidance outlines the Materials Characterisation Baseline Data Requirements for Mining Proposals.

Materials characterisation identifies the physical and geochemical properties of materials to see if they have the potential to cause environmental harm or impact on the success of rehabilitation and closure.  Effective materials characterisation helps ensure that the environmental risk assessment is appropriately informed and assists in the cost-effective operation and closure of a mine. The draft guidance provides examples of how suitable materials characterisation can be achieved.

Stakeholder feedback closed on Friday 29 April 2016. For more infromation please email mpreformenquiry@dmp.wa.gov.au
Draft Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia

This draft guideline outlines the requirements for an Environment Plan in accordance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations 2012, the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Environment) Regulations 2012, and the Petroleum Pipelines (Environment) Regulations 2012.

This guideline aims to improve transparency around the expectations of DMP on the petroleum and geothermal industry and to provide assistance to operators in developing and gaining approval of an Environment Plan.

Once finalised, this guideline will replace the current Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of an Environment Plan amended August 2012 and the Environmental Assessment Processes for Petroleum Activities in Western Australia amended October 2012. The current guidelines have been combined and amended to provide more detailed guidance on environment plan requirements and to clarify expectations around the approval process.

Submissions closed on Friday 15 April 2016. For more information please email ep.guidelines@dmp.wa.gov.au

Draft guideline for the development of an onshore oil spill contingency plan

Following gazettal of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations and the Petroleum Pipelines (Environment) Regulations on 29 August 2012, petroleum operators are required to submit an Oil Spill Contingency Plan (OSCP) as part of the implementation strategy of an Environment Plan.

The regulations require the OSCP to set out details of the following:

  • preparations to be made for the possibility of an oil spill
  • emergency response arrangements to be implemented if an oil spill occurs
  • recovery arrangements to be implemented if an oil spill occurs
  • current oil spill trajectory modelling that applies to the pipeline activity.

This draft guideline aims to provide assistance in the development of onshore Oil Spill Contingency Plans to satisfy the requirements of the regulations and to meet the expectations of DMP. The draft guideline supports the initiative of the Reforming Environmental Regulation program by improving transparency on oil spill response requirements.

Submissions closed on Friday 4 March 2016.

Guideline now available: Guideline for the Development of an Onshore Oil Spill Contingency Plan

DMP responses to the comments/questions received during the consultation period: Guideline for the Development of an Onshore Oil Spill Contingency Plan

For more information please email petroleum.environment@dmp.wa.gov.au

Draft guideline groundwater monitoring in the onshore petroleum and geothermal industry

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) and the Department of Water (DoW) have worked in collaboration over the past two years to develop draft guidelines for Groundwater Monitoring in the Onshore Petroleum and Geothermal Industry.

This draft guideline aims to provide assistance to petroleum and geothermal operators in developing effective baseline groundwater monitoring programs and includes guidance on:

  • activities requiring groundwater monitoring
  • review of existing information
  • designing a monitoring program
  • interpreting monitoring data
  • provision of information to DMP and DoW.

The draft guideline supports the initiative of the Reforming Environmental Regulation program by improving transparency around the expectations of DMP on baseline groundwater monitoring for the petroleum and geothermal Industry.

In September 2015, the draft guideline was sent to the representatives of the Interagency Working Group on Shale and Tight Gas and the Science Needs Working Group for review and comment. Following integration of the comments and recommendations from the above-mentioned working groups, the guidelines are now available for public comment and open for a period of eight weeks.

Submissions closed on Friday 4 March 2016.

Guideline now available: Guideline for Groundwater Monitoring in the Onshore Petroleum and Geothermal Industry.

Response to submissions: Guideline for Groundwater Monitoring in the Onshore Petroleum and Geothermal Industry - Response to Comments.

For more information please email petroleum.environment@dmp.wa.gov.au

Procedure for Declining and Refusing Environmental Applications - draft for public consultation

The Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) Reforming Environmental Regulation program is reviewing its approach and practices to declining/refusing environmental applications to ensure that they are aligned with the principles of best practice environmental regulation.

In practice, DMP does not decline or refuse a high percentage of applications or submissions. In most circumstances DMP will work with applicants to adapt these documents so that they can be approved and accepted under the relevant legislation without an unacceptable impact on the environment.

DMP recognises that declining or refusing an application will have both direct and indirect impacts to the applicant. Therefore, stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to the draft procedure during the consultation period.

Submissions closed on 31 January, 2016.

Electronic submissions are preferred, and can be submitted to: reform@dmp.wa.gov.au with the subject line "Declining and refusing environmental applications stakeholder feedback"

If you have any queries regarding the proposal, please contact:

Ian Mitchell, Team Leader, Operations on 9222 3441.

Public comment sought for proposed outline of new guideline on working in remote or isolated areas

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is seeking public comment on the proposed structure and content for a new publication Working in remote or isolated areas – guideline.

This guideline will assist mining and exploration operations to develop safe systems of work for individuals and groups working remotely or in isolation away from readily accessible infrastructure and support services.

The comment period closed noon Friday 29 January 2016.

Contact RSDComms@dmp.wa.gov.au for further information.

 

Mining Proposal Guidelines – stage 2 - draft for public consultation

 A key area of the Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) initiative is to provide a framework for risk and outcome-based decision making. This framework will ensure that regulatory effort by the Department is targeted and proportionate in order to protect environmental values in an effective, efficient and timely manner and to support community and stakeholder expectations for responsible development. Feedback closed on the 23 November 2015

For more information about Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER).

Abandoned Mines Policy - draft for public consultation Once finalised, the policy will ensure a consistent approach is available to:
  • collect abandoned mine site information;
  • prioritise sites for gazetting; and
  • manage and/or rehabilitate abandoned mine sites.
Feedback closed 5.00pm, Friday 11 September 2015.

For more information about Abandoned Mines Policy.

Isolation of hazardous energies associated with plant in Western Australian mining operations – DRAFT guideline

The guideline aims to assist mining operations to develop safe systems of work for fixed and mobile plant. It is structured to support a risk management approach to the isolation of hazardous energies.

Feedback closed noon, Friday 11 September 2015.

This guideline is now available: Isolation of hazardous energies associated with plant in Western Australian mining operations.

Regulatory Impact Statement on Work Health and Safety (Resources) Bill – industry feedback sought

The Department has engaged Marsden Jacob Associates to independently manage the RIS consultation process on the proposed consolidated Work Health and Safety (Resources) Bill.

Submissions closed 5.00pm WST on Friday 14 August 2015.

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Low Impact Authorised Activities Framework - draft for public consultation

A component of the proposed amendments is the introduction of a Low-Impact Authorised Activities Framework. DMP recognises that small areas of disturbance can be managed with no environmental impact, and that many of these activities do not need an individual environmental assessment. The sorts of activities considered to be potentially low-impact are those associated with prospecting and minor changes to existing projects (like installing a wind sock). Therefore, DMP is proposing to make some activities exempt from the requirement for assessment and instead will only require a simple notification process. The notification process will be:

  • Proponent will complete an online notification form containing:
    • Spatial details of the planned activity (location and size)
    • Duration of the planned activity
    • Evidence of authorisation to conduct the activity (tenement holder or authorised other)
  • Multiple notifications may be made, on the proviso that disturbance is maintained below a threshold (to be determined) and that previous notification areas have been rehabilitated
  • No fees will be charged for notifications.

Submissions closed 5.00pm on 28 May 2015.

For more information about Low Impact Authorised Activities Framework.