The Environment Plan for a petroleum and/or geothermal activity must include arrangements for monitoring and recording information to demonstrate that environmental performance objectives and environmental performance standards within the Environment Plan are being met.
Environmental reporting must be undertaken in accordance with the Environment Plan approved by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and the Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia.
Environment reports, notifications and reporting of incidents can be submitted electronically via DMIRS Online Submissions or by email to email@example.com. Read our guide on how to submit via DMIRS Submissions.
Types of Reports
Environmental Incident Notification & Reporting
- Reportable Incident Notification (within 2hrs)
- Reportable Incident Report (within 3 days)
- Recordable Incident Report (monthly)
- Guidance note on environmental non-compliance and incident reporting
- Emission and Discharges Report (quarterly)
- Annual Environmental Report (at least annually)
- Prestart and Cessation Notification
- Commonwealth Notification
Guidance note on environmental non-compliance and incident reporting
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s (DMIRS) compliance program for the minerals, petroleum, geothermal and greenhouse gas storage sectors includes a range of activities to achieve operator compliance with legislation and policies relevant to the relevant sector.
At the core of the department’s approach is the primary objective of fostering voluntary compliance with environmental obligations. This is in line with increased community expectations in relation to environmental performance, disclosure and transparency in the resources sector. To meet this expectation, the department has updated and improved the process by which industry can self-report environmental non-compliances and incidents.
For information on how to report a non-compliance or incident, please refer to the Resource and Environmental Compliance Division’s Guidance Note for Non-compliances and Incidents.
Environmental Incident Notification & Reporting
Reportable Incident Notification
Operators are to notify, within 2 hours, all reportable environmental incidents from petroleum and geothermal activities operating under State legislation. This initial notification may be verbal (via 0419 960 621), however written notification is preferred (via DMIRS Submissions or email to firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include preliminary information on the nature, scope and scale of the incident.
Reportable Incident Report
Operators are required to submit a reportable incident report within 3 days after the reportable incident notification. The report must include all known facts of the incident, any actions taken to avoid or mitigate environmental impacts, and any actions taken to prevent recurrence.
Please attached any relevant photos, maps or supporting documents.
Submit a Reportable Incident Report
Recordable Incident Report
A recordable incident is an incident arising from an activity that ‘breaches an environmental performance objective or environmental performance standard in the Environment Plan’ and ‘is not a reportable incident’.
The operator of an activity is required to submit a written report to DMIRS of all recordable incidents occurring within a calendar month no later than 15 days after the end of that calendar month.
If no recordable incidents occurred during the month, the report must include a statement to that effect.
Download the Recordable Incident Report
Submit a Recordable Incident Report
Emissions and Discharges Report
The operator of an activity must monitor all emissions and discharges to any land, air, marine, seabed, groundwater, subsurface or inland waters environment. The operator must submit to DMIRS a written report of emissions and discharges three months after the approval of an Environment Plan and a period of every three months thereafter.
Download the Emissions and Discharges Report
Submit an Emissions and Discharges Report
Annual Environmental Report
In order to provide evidence that environmental performance objectives of an Environment Plan have been met and that the implementation strategy has been complied with, operators are required to submit a report to DMIRS at least annually.
A closeout report is acceptable on completion of an activity in place of an annual environmental report if the activity is of short duration (i.e. less than a year).
For more information, please refer to the Guideline for Preparing an Annual Report.
Submit an Annual Report and/or Closeout Report
Prestart and Cessation Notification
Operators are required to confirm the start date of the activity prior to commencement of activities onsite (first mobilisation to site) and provide notification of the completion date within one week of the activity ceasing (demobilisation from site).
Submit a Prestart and Cessation Notification
Operators are required to seek approval for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and consult with relevant State departments.
DMIRS considers any petroleum activity that occurs in Commonwealth waters adjacent to the WA coastline to be an activity whereby the Department should be consulted. The level of consultation will be determined by the potential environmental risks and impacts of the petroleum activity.
For more information, please refer to the Consultation Guidance Note for Commonwealth Operators.
Submit a Commonwealth Notification
Contact details for other relevant agencies
- Department of Water and Environmental Regulation – Regional Offices http://water.wa.gov.au/planning-for-the-future/water-and-land-use-planning/lodging-requests-for-advice
- Department of Health – Public Health Directorate email@example.com
- Department of Environmental Regulation – Compliance https://www.der.wa.gov.au/about-us/72-regional-offices-contact-details
- Department of Environmental Regulation – Contaminated Sites https://www.der.wa.gov.au/about-us/contact-us
- Office of the Environmental Protection Agency – Compliance firstname.lastname@example.org
- Department of Parks and Wildlife https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/contact-us
For more information view Environments documents and publications.