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.
|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|
|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 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
View information on the Departments Lead agency framework.
Department of Mines and Petroleum
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 DMP.
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.