Divisions

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) consists of six main divisions.

Environment

The Environment Division promotes best practice environmental management by delivering regulatory and policy services that maximise the responsible development of the State’s mineral and petroleum resources.

Environmental officers are appointed to regulate the environmental management and performance of the mining and petroleum industries. Their key functions are to:

  • assess and make recommendations on the environmental management of mining and petroleum projects
  • liaise with industry, other government departments and the community on the effectiveness of environmental management practices
  • monitor and ensure compliance with the environmental conditions set for mining and petroleum operations.

Western Australia has some of the world’s best environmental management practices and to acknowledge and encourage these outstanding achievements, DMP established the annual Golden Gecko Awards for environmental excellence in the minerals and petroleum industries.

For more information visit Environment.

Geological Survey WA

The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) is a division of DMP. Since the 1880s GSWA has been gathering, synthesising, and publishing information on the State's geology, and mineral and petroleum resources.

GSWA produces a huge collection of books, maps and state-of-the-art databases for the benefit of the Western Australian community including prospectors, explorers, miners, and investors.

This information provides the building blocks for the design of exploration programs in Western Australia. It is also critical to government in determining policy, and in decision making, particularly on economic and land use issues.

For more information visit Geological Survey.

Mineral Titles

The Mineral Titles Division is responsible for the administration of mining titles and maintenance of title registry systems (Mineral Titles Online and Tengraph® Online), that provide current information on land availability and details on mining tenements in Western Australia.

Western Australia is one of the most prospective mineral regions in the world accounting for nearly half of Australia’s total mining production, about 10 per cent of global exploration and more than 60 per cent of Australia's total mineral exploration investment.

Successful mineral exploration in WA has resulted in the production of a diverse range of resources.
This includes some 50 different minerals in commercial production - far greater than in any other State or Territory in Australia.

Iron ore, gold and alumina are the main minerals produced in WA. With petroleum, they provide 80 per cent of the total value of resource production.

DMP:

  • helps companies explore for and secure access to mineral resources
  • minimises social, cultural and environmental impacts
  • ensures a satisfactory return to the community.

For more information visit Minerals and Mining.

Petroleum

The Petroleum Division’s responsibilities are to:

  • encourage and facilitate responsible exploration, development and production of petroleum resources and other energy sources
  • administer and control petroleum exploration and production in accordance with the various Petroleum Acts and the directions pertaining to those Acts.
  • administer and negotiate future act Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) requirements for petroleum title applications under State legislation
  • engage with the petroleum industry on matters pertaining to Aboriginal cultural heritage and Reserve land issues
  • coordinate with State Departments and industry
  • make available areas for exploration and make recommendations on the grant, renewal or cancellation of permits and licences
  • evaluate all technical matters relating to drilling, formation evaluation, reservoir engineering, and production in accordance with good oilfield practice
  • advise on exploration evaluation and assess all permit and work applications.

For more information visit Petroleum and about the Petroleum division.

Resources Safety

The Resources Safety Division administers occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation for mining and petroleum operations, and safety legislation and the licensing regime for dangerous goods, including regulation of the State’s major hazard facilities.

Resources Safety is committed to working with industry and workers to help reduce the number and severity of serious accidents and incidents, and provide support in achieving positive workplace cultural change. This is achieved through education, enforcement and the provision of specialist advice to stakeholders.

For more information visit Safety.

Strategic Policy

The Strategic Policy Division has a lead role in working across the department and with other agencies and stakeholders on a broad range of strategic and policy issues that support responsible development of the State’s mineral and petroleum resources.

Strategic Policy’s work includes forward scanning and analysis of emerging issues. The Division also manages the South West Hub carbon capture and storage project.

Specialist services provided by Strategic Policy include:

  • Corporate planning and risk management
  • Communications and marketing
  • Economic analysis
  • Investigations
  • Legal
  • Policy
  • Royalties
  • Stakeholder and community engagement