Mining proposal reform

A key area of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) initiative is to provide a framework for risk and outcome-based decision making.
Environment consultation

This framework will ensure that regulatory effort by DMIRS 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.

The new ‘Guideline for Mining Proposals in Western Australia’ released in April 2016 implements the new risk and outcome based framework. The Guideline also makes the transition to the ‘One Mining Proposal’ model; where each mine site (Environmental Group Site) has only one mining proposal that is updated over time as required.

From 1 January 2017 all new mining operations must submit a mining proposal in accordance with the 2016 Guideline.

Mining Proposals   View and find all documentation to support the approval process.

Transition arrangements

Given the significant changes in this Guideline, DMIRS has allowed for a transition period for new and existing mine sites to use either the new 2016 Guideline or the 2006 Guideline. New mine sites have the option of submitting their mining proposal in accordance with the 2016 Guideline or the 2006 Guideline for the remainder of 2016. Existing sites will have six years to transition to the new 2016 Guideline.

A detailed explanation of the transition arrangements is contained within the below Transition FAQ document. A General FAQ document is also provided.

Download  2016 Guideline for Mining Proposals - Transition FAQ

Download  2016 Guideline for Mining Proposals - General FAQ

Stakeholder consultation

The following consultation has occurred on mining proposal reform since 2014.  Consultation documents and final version of the Guideline are also provided.

October 2014
Discussion paper released for public comment.
Mining Proposal Reform Discussion paper for public consultation – September 2014

7 October 2014
Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) Industry Briefing Session held in Perth.

November 2014
Release of public comments received during the consultation period on the ‘Mining Proposal Reform Discussion paper’.
Submissions received on the Mining Proposal Reform Discussion Paper - November 2014

October 2015
Draft Guidelines released for public comment.
Draft Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia – September 2015

November 2015
Release of public comments received during the consultation period on the ‘Draft Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia – September 2015’ including DMIRS's responses and considerations.
Response to submissions on the Draft Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia – September 2015 - Proposed Amendments

4 & 5 November 2015
DMIRS Stakeholder Briefing Sessions held in Perth and Kalgoorlie.

June 2016
Guideline formally released.
Guideline to Mining Proposals in Western Australia – April 2016

Industry reference group

In 2014, DMIRS set up the ‘Industry Reference Group for Mining Proposal Reform’.  The role of this group so far has been to work closely with DMIRS to develop the shape and content of the new Guideline for Mining Proposals in Western Australia – April 2016.

In September 2016, the Environment Division called for new members to re-form the Industry Reference Group with the aim of collaborating on the implementation of the guideline, and developing the new internal and external processes and training.  The first meeting of the group with its new members was held on 29 November 2016.

Membership

Marnie Leybourne Director Operations, Environment (Chair), DMIRS
Daniel Endacott Policy and Project Coordinator, DMIRS
Norman Galli AngloGold Ashanti Australia Limited
Simon Bennison Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)
Fred Adams Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia (CCAA)
Jarrad Donald Gold Fields Limited
Angela Bishop Iluka Resources Limited
Belinda Bastow Integrate Sustainability Pty Ltd
James Hesford Mineral Resources Limited
Danielle Griffiths Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA)
Alistair Conn Rio Tinto
John Wynne Roy Hill
Briony Sinclair Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited
Mat Brook Strategen Environmental
Bronwyn Bell The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia Inc. (CMEWA)