The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s (DMIRS) 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, DMIRS does not decline or refuse a high percentage of applications or submissions. In most circumstances DMIRS 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.
DMIRS recognises that declining or refusing an application will have both direct and indirect impacts to the applicant.
Stakeholders were encouraged to submit comments on the proposed procedure during the consultation period in 2015.