DMP approval performance

The Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) overall target is to assess greater than 80% of applications within the target timeline.

Each year the department processes around 7000–8000 applications.

As an example, during 2014 the department received 3359 mining tenement applications. It processed 96% of these within the target timeline of 65 business days. It also received 415 petroleum applications and 76% of these were completed within the target timelines.

DMP assigns case managers to large and complex projects and provides online application and approval tracking services. As part of its Digital DMP program, the department is aiming to conduct the bulk of its business online by July 2016.

Standard target timelines

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) uses timeline targets to monitor and report on the department’s approval performance. Target timelines are set for standard key DMP approval processes. More complex, or non-standard, applications generally require more time to assess. Target timelines for key approval processes are provided in Table 1 below. DMP routinely reviews target timelines, staff resourcing levels and approval systems functionality to continually improve DMP’s approval process.

Table 1

Key Approval Process Target Timeline
Mining Environmental Approvals
Programme of Work (exploration) 30 business days
Mining Proposal 30 business days
Petroleum Environmental Approvals
Environmental Plan 30 calendar days (approx. 20 business days)
Oil Spill Contingency Plan 30 calendar days (approx. 20 business days)
Mining Tenure Applications
Prospecting Licence 65 business days
Exploration Licence 65 business days
Mining Lease 65 business days
Miscellaneous Licence 65 business days
General Purpose Lease 65 business days
Retention Licence 65 business days
Petroleum Tenure and Activity Applications*
Exploration Permit 120 business days
Production Licence 90 business days
WA Pipeline Licence 90 business days
Petroleum Exploration, Appraisal or Production Well 40 business days
Survey – Geophysical/Other 40 business days
Resources Safety
Project Management Plan (Minesite Safety) 30 business days
Radiation Management Plan 30 business days

 

Stop the clock

DMP’s approval performance measures exclude the time taken by processes outside DMP’s control. When an application process is outside DMP’s control (i.e. with the proponent or another agency), the time taken during this process is not included when calculating DMP’s approval performance.  In effect, the 'clock is stopped'.  The clock is started again when DMP receives agency advice or information from the proponent.  Stop the clock events and dates are recorded on DMP’s online lodgement and approval tracking system.

Examples of external agency processes outside DMP’s control include objections under the Mining Act 1978 lodged in the Warden’s Court and other State government assessment processes under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 or the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.

The clock is also stopped for the time taken by a proponent to provide additional information required to complete an application, or respond to a query to finalise an assessment process.

Advice

Advice from within DMP

A 20 business day target timeline applies where internal advice is required within DMP. The internal process operates in parallel with the primary approval process. For example, DMP’s Environment Division may seek geotechnical advice from DMP’s Resources Safety Division as part of the assessment process for a Mining Proposal.

Advice from other agencies

DMP may seek advice from other agencies as part of the approval process. Inter-agency timelines are negotiated between DMP and the relevant approval agencies as part of the lead agency framework. In general, the inter-agency target timeline for provision of advice is 20 business days.

Petroleum Application Types  

Archive of quarterly DMP approval performance reports

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2016 - 612 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2016

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2016 - 1076 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2016

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2016 - 1121 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2016

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2016 - 1477 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2016

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth quarter 2015 - 1173 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2015

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2015 - 1163 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2015

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2015 - 528 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2015

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2015 - 976 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2015

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2014 - 1057 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2014

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2014 - 973 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2014

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2014 - 872 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2014

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2014 - 1324 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2014

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2013 - 901 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2013

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2013 - 479 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2013

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2013 - 865 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2013

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2013 - 653 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2013

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2012 - 420 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2012

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2012 - 385 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2012

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2012 - 428 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2012

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2012 - 450 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2012

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2011 - 609 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2011

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2011 - 554 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2011

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2011 - 626 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2011

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2011 - 647 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2011

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2010 - 556 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2010

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2010 - 704 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2010

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2010 - 571 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2010

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2010 - 412 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2010

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2009 - 182 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - First Quarter 2009

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2009 - 248 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Second Quarter 2009

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2009 - 317 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Third Quarter 2009

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2009 - 687 Kb

Approvals Performance Report - Fourth Quarter 2009

View information on the Departments Lead agency framework.

Review of Approval Processes in Western Australia - 1019 Kb

Industry Working Group Report - April 2006

Contacts

Department of Mines and Petroleum

Lead Agency project co-ordinator: Graham Cobby
Email: leadagencyprojects@dmp.wa.gov.au

Other agency contacts

Department of Water (DoW)
Contact Officer: Kevin Hopkinson
Email: kevin.hopkinson@water.wa.gov.au

Department of Parks and Wildlife
The agency contacts provided below are for the provision of general advice and early input or discussion about intended activities or developments. To assist in the efficiency of approvals processes, it is requested that these officers are not contacted on a routine basis seeking regular updates on the progress of advice to DMP.

State forests and marine/terrestrial parks and reserves
Nicholas (Nic) Woolfrey
Manager, Environmental Management Branch
Email: nicholas.woolfrey@dpaw.wa.gov.au
Phone: +61 8 9334 0130

Significant flora and fauna outside reserves and State forests
Ken Atkins
Manager, Species and Communities Branch
Phone: +61 8 9334 0455

Department of Environment Regulation (DER)
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) delivers industry regulation services through its regional offices in Western Australia. Enquiries regarding DER’s industry regulation approvals processes and requirements should be directed to the Manager Licensing in the relevant regional office – contact details.