RER Advisory Panel

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, formerly the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) established the Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) Advisory Panel in 2013 to provide advice to DMP's Director General and the Reform Group project team on the development and implementation of the Ministerial Advisory Panel's recommendations and priorities. This panel was replaced by the Environment Liaison Committee (ELC) in 2016.

About the RER Advisory Panel

The objective of the Panel was to implement within the department a best practice:

  • environmental regulatory framework for the Western Australian mineral and energy resources sector
  • business model that ensures efficient service delivery strategies.

The Panels main aims were to:

  • establish clear and appropriate environmental objectives
  • develop meaningful outcomes-based performance indicators
  • establish clear and enforceable environmental obligations for mining activities
  • implement a robust and transparent relinquishment and abandonment process.

In addition the panel was focussed to achieve:

Efficient environmental regulation

  • implement a full risk-based assessment and compliance methodology for environmental regulation
  • revise timelines and efficiency performance indicators, in line with risk-based regulation
  • ensure DMP works with other agencies to improve efficiency and eliminate duplication
  • improve in cross-agency policies, such as the Lead Agency Framework.

Improved transparency and communication

  • implement a formal Transparency Strategy for DMP
  • implement improved stakeholder consultation and communication.

An effective compliance framework

  • establish an appropriate legislative framework for the environmental regulation of mining
  • examine the feasibility of implementing an external review mechanism for enforcement decisions of environmental compliance matters (other than EP Act process)
  • identify and articulate DMP’s administrative framework for activities to promote compliance in a whole of government context
  • establish clear operational procedures to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of compliance activities.

Priorities were to:

  • increase life of Programme of Work approval
  • review environmental tenement conditions
  • establish clear and appropriate environmental objectives
  • reduce duplication and overlap.

Reforming Environmental Regulation in the WA Resources Industry

The RER Advisory Panel had a membership from industry, community, conservation and government representatives.

Chairperson

Dr Phil Gorey Executive Director, Environment Division Department of Mines and Petroleum

Panel members

Simon Bennison Chief Executive Officer, AMEC Representing Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)
Mike Lucas President, APLA Representing Amalgamated Prospectors and Leaseholders Association (APLA)
Andrew Taylor Senior policy Advisor, APPEA Representing Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA)
Kane Moyle Manager – Environment, CMEWA Representing the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA (CMEWA)
Harry Backes State Director Western Australia, CCAA Representing Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA)
Dr Nic Dunlop Environmental Science & Policy Coordinator, CCWA Representing Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA)
Patrick Pearlman Outreach Solicitor, EDOWA Representing Environmental Defender's Office of WA (Inc) (EDOWA)
Gary Peacock Chairman, Private Property Rights & Resources Sub-Committee Representing Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA (Inc) (PGA)
Richard Riordan General Manager Project Facilitation Representing Department of State Development (DSD)
Kelly Faulkner Executive Director Licensing and Approvals Representing Department of Environment Regulation (DER)
Anthony Sutton Director, Assessment and Compliance Division Representing Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
John Connolly Director Regulation Representing Department of Water (DoW)
Nic Woolfrey Manager Environmental Management Branch Representing Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW)

 

Minutes and agenda

18 September 2015 - Reforming Environmental Regulation Advisory Panel meeting minutes - 123 Kb

Reforming Environmental Regulation Advisory Panel meeting minutes 18 September 2015

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5 December 2014- Reforming Environmental Regulation Advisory Panel minutes - 122 Kb

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