Industry gets opportunity to provide feedback on environmental reform

Industry input sought on Reforming Environmental Regulation projects.
Date: Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More than 150 people attended a DMP industry briefing session last week to hear about proposed reforms to environmental regulations. 

Reform of environmental regulation was up for discussion at a Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) industry briefing session on Tuesday 7 October.

More than 150 people attended the event where they received updates and were able to provide feedback on a number of DMP’s Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) projects.

The briefing session coincided with the release of a discussion paper on mining proposal reform, one of the key priorities of RER.

Through the RER program, DMP hopes to move away from prescriptive regulation and establish a risk and outcomes-based regulatory framework.

Opening the event, DMP Director General Richard Sellers said the department was working hard to involve industry and community in the reform process so that the recommendations were progressed and implemented in an efficient and well understood manner.

“We have the RER advisory panel and a number of working and reference groups to advise on these proposed changes and make sure that what is put in place is practical and works for industry, while ensuring high level environmental protection,” Mr Sellers said.

“In addition to industry members, these advisory panels include representatives from conservation groups, other government departments, local government, and members of the broader community.”

Question and answer sessions followed presentations by DMP environmental experts that included current and proposed legislative changes and operational reform, mining proposal reform, and the review of mine closure plan guidelines.

The session ended with a panel discussion that included all presenters and other DMP environment staff who fielded further questions from the audience.

The presentation slides from the industry briefing session are now available on the DMP website along with the mining proposal reform discussion paper at www.dmp.wa.gov.au/20808.aspx.