The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) aims to encourage and facilitate responsible exploration, development and production of petroleum resources, for the long-term benefit of all Western Australians. This includes those in the adjacent offshore area,
Petroleum titles in Western Australia are granted in accordance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 (WA), Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 (WA), Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969 (WA) and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (Cwth).
Geothermal titles are granted in accordance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 (WA).
The Petroleum Division uses timeline targets to monitor and report on approval performance. Target timelines are set for standard key approval processes. More complex (non-standard) applications generally require more time to assess. Target timelines for key approval processes are available on the DMP approval performance page.
All timelines are subject to the ‘stop the clock‘ process. This mechanism is part of DMP's timeline management of approvals, where targets are adjusted for the time taken by other processes outside the department’s control. Processes outside include Environmental Protection Authority referrals and applicants providing additional information.
For information on the Resource and Environmental Regulation Group Quality Assurance.
Get further information on Petroleum and Geothermal Approvals.