Information sharing aims to build consistency across the country
|Date:||Friday, 12 February 2016|
The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) welcomed representatives from the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Mines and Energy to Western Australia last week to discuss environmental regulation.
DMP has been implementing its Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) Program since 2012 in order to introduce a risk-based and best practice regulatory framework to ensure that environmental integrity is maintained.
The initiative also seeks to reduce the administrative burden on the mineral and energy resources industry, reduce regulatory duplication between DMP and other government agencies and increase transparency among the community and industry.
The Northern Territory Government is currently introducing similar environmental regulations and visited DMP staff last week to share ideas.
DMP’s Executive Director Environment Dr Phil Gorey said this would help to enhance regulatory consistency throughout the country.
“The Western Australian Government is committed to reforming environmental regulation in the resources industry,” Dr Gorey said.
“DMP also aims to promote best practice by delivering environmental regulatory and policy services in a way that maximises the responsible development of the State's mineral and petroleum resources.
“By sharing information about their policy approaches, different jurisdictions can learn from each other and help develop better outcomes for the future.”
For more information about DMP’s commitment to reforming environmental regulation in the resources industry visit the RER webpage.