WA’s minerals sector remains a significant employer in the State, with 108,930 people directly employed in mining and exploration as at 30  June in 2016–17.

Case Study – Towards 2020

Towards 2020 is the department’s regulatory strategy covering all legislation administered by the Resources Safety Division. The vision is for a safe and healthy resources sector.

The strategy was launched by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston at the Minesafe International 2017 conference in May.

It is the first of a series of high-level three-year rolling strategies to guide Resources Safety’s efforts to raise awareness and seek compliance in the Western Australian resources sector, going beyond the day-to-day inspectorate activities.

Towards 2020 provides a framework describing how the division deploys its resources. It describes the goals, focus areas and measures of success for safety and health initiatives undertaken by the department and is presented as an online resource that is easily accessible, and can be updated as emerging issues and trends are identified.

It will provide an overview of the department’s commitments so industry can better understand why focus areas are targeted, and the desired outcomes, measures and achievements.


Section highlights

DMP has commenced a major legislation reform initiative Petroleum 2020 to modernise and streamline the State’s petroleum and geothermal legislation to better reflect developments in the petroleum industry.