The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's (DMIRS) overall target is to assess greater than 80 per cent 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 per cent of these within the target timeline of 65 business days. It also received 415 petroleum applications and 76 per cent of these were completed within the target timelines.
DMIRS assigns case managers to large and complex projects and provides online application and approval tracking services. As part of its Digital DMIRS program, the department is aiming to conduct the bulk of its business online by July 2016.
Standard target timelines
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) uses timeline targets to monitor and report on the department’s approval performance. Target timelines are set for standard key DMIRS 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. DMIRS routinely reviews target timelines, staff resourcing levels and approval systems functionality to continually improve DMIRS’s approval process.
|Key Approval Process||Target Timeline|
|Mining Environmental Approvals|
|Programme of Work (exploration)||15 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 Well application||40 business days|
|Petroleum Well activities||30 calendar days|
|Survey – Geophysical/Other||40 business days|
|Project Management Plan (Minesite Safety)||30 business days|
|Radiation Management Plan||30 business days|
Stop the clock
DMIRS’s approval performance measures exclude the time taken by processes outside DMIRS’s control. When an application process is outside DMIRS’s control (i.e. with the proponent or another agency), the time taken during this process is not included when calculating DMIRS’s approval performance. In effect, the 'clock is stopped'. The clock is started again when DMIRS receives agency advice or information from the proponent. Stop the clock events and dates are recorded on DMIRS’s online lodgement and approval tracking system.
Examples of external agency processes outside DMIRS’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 from within DMIRS
A 20 business day target timeline applies where internal advice is required within DMIRS. The internal process operates in parallel with the primary approval process. For example, DMIRS’s Environment Division may seek geotechnical advice from DMIRS’s Resources Safety Division as part of the assessment process for a Mining Proposal.
Advice from other agencies
DMIRS may seek advice from other agencies as part of the approval process. Inter-agency timelines are negotiated between DMIRS 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 DMIRS approval performance reports
View information on the Departments Lead agency framework.
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Lead Agency project co-ordinator: Graham Cobby
Other agency contacts
Department of Water (DoW)
Contact Officer: Kevin Hopkinson
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 DMIRS.
State forests and marine/terrestrial parks and reserves
Nicholas (Nic) Woolfrey
Manager, Environmental Management Branch
Phone: +61 8 9334 0130
Significant flora and fauna outside reserves and State forests
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.