Notifying appointment of registered manager

Background

Who is the registered manager?

The registered manager for a mine is responsible on a daily basis for the control and supervision of the mine and mining operations. Except for absences on a regular scheduled basis, the registered manager must reside at a location in relation to the mine that will allow the person to control and supervise the mine effectively as required.

Important note: If the registered manager or an alternate registered manager of a mine is incapacitated from performing his or her duties or is expected to be absent from the mine for more than a day (otherwise than in accordance with a commute schedule), the registered manager or the alternate registered manager must appoint a fit and proper person to act as the deputy of the registered manager or the alternate registered manager during the incapacity or absence. This appointment does not require notification.

Qualification of a registered manager

There is no statutory qualification prescribed for registered managers. However, they need to be trained and assessed as competent to carry out the work.

As a minimum, the registered manager should be conversant with the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and accompanying regulations, the risk management approach and hazards relevant to the operation, and have management and leadership skills.

A manager of a mine may not hold the position of deputy or registered manager of another mine, unless prior approval is given in writing by the State Mining Engineer.

A registered manager does not have to be appointed for mining operations that consist of exploration activities only, unless the State Mining Engineer directs otherwise due to the scale and nature of those activities.

Appointment of personnel

In addition to the principal employer, the registered manager may:

  • appoint personnel with specific expertise and qualifications as required under mines safety and inspection legislation
  • on behalf of a principal employer, make appointments as required under sections 34(1), 35(1), 36(1) or (2), 37(1), 38(1) or (2) or (3), and 39(2) of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

 

Refer to s. 33A of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

All of these appointments require notification to the Department.

Other notification of appointments may not be mandatory, however the Department would like to be notified of all statutory positions through the Safety Regulation System (SRS) to assist in efficient communication with the mines inspectorate.

Who is responsible for the notification?

A principal employer must inform the district inspector for the region of the appointment of a registered manager for a mine before mining operations begin, and subsequently ensure that a registered manager is appointed for the mine at all times.

Refer to s. 33 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

A log of the periods of duty and a copy of the signed letter of appointment must be kept in the mine record book.

Can we have multiple registered managers within a mining operation?

No, a mining operation is aligned with the definition of a mine under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (WA) and so may only have a single registered manager.

If a Principal Employer wishes to appoint multiple registered managers within a mining operation they can request from the State mining engineer that the mining operation be regarded as multiple mines.

Request for mining operation to be regarded as separate mines - 90 Kb

This pro forma is designed to be used to request for mining operation to be regarded as separate mines.

Lodging the notification

Notification of appointments must be submitted online using the Notifications sub-system in the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

The principal employer or registered manager can notify the department of a statutory appointment, or a person acting on their behalf.

A Company Administrator (CA) or a Company Representative can enter information into SRS. The CA can assign the role of Company Representative to any person required to notify appointments.

The completed and signed appointment letter needs to be attached to the notification of appointment in SRS.

Related information

Below is the list of documents that you may find useful.

Frequently asked questions on appointments on Western Australian mines - information sheet - 350 Kb

This information sheet outlines the frequently asked questions on appointments on Western Australian mines.

Frequently asked questions on management and supervision at mining operations - information sheet - 277 Kb

This information sheet outlines the frequently asked questions on management and supervision at mining operations.

Contact

For enquiries please contact an inspector of mines
Phone: 1800SAFEMINE (1800 7233 6463)
Email: MinesSafety@dmirs.wa.gov.au