Lodge a Mining proposal

A mining proposal must be submitted for written approval by the Executive Director of the Resources and Compliance Branch of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) prior to the commencement of mining operations.

Submit a mining proposal via EARS Online

View approved mining proposals via MINEDEX (Mines and minerals deposits)

Mining proposals must be submitted electronically via EARS  (Environmental Assessment and Regulatory System).

A mining proposal is a document prepared by the proponent or tenement holder, containing detailed information on identification, evaluation and management of significant environmental impacts relevant to the proposed mining operations. Mining proposals must be prepared in accordance with the guideline for Mining Proposals in Western Australia.

The Department has released a new Guideline for Mining Proposals to implement a risk and outcome based regulatory framework. The new Guideline also makes the transition to the ‘One Mining Proposal’ model; where each mine site (‘Environmental Group Site) has only one mining proposal that is updated over time as required.

Given these significant changes, the Department has allowed for a transition period for new and existing mine sites to use either the new 2016 Guideline or the 2006 Guideline. New mine sites have the option of submitting their mining proposal in accordance with the 2016 guideline or the 2006 Guideline for the remainder of 2016. Existing sites will have six years to transition to the new Guideline.

Contacts

Mineral Environment Operations

Guidance and forms

Guideline to Mining Proposals in Western Australia - April 2016 - 2658 Kb

A risk and outcome-based regulatory framework for environmental assessment and management of mining activities.

2016 Mining Proposal Checklist - 152 Kb

Checklist to be used with the 2016 Guidelines for Preparing Mining Proposals

Environmental Outcomes for mining proposals - January 2018 - 328 Kb

Guidance relating to the preparation of site specific environmental outcomes for inclusion in Mining Proposals being prepared in accordance with the ‘Guideline for Mining Proposals in Western Australia, April 2016’

Environmental Risk Assessment for mining proposals and mine closure plans - January 2018 - 290 Kb

Guidance relating to the preparation of a comprehensive environmental risk assessment for inclusion in a Mining Proposal and/or Mine Closure Plan

Mining Proposal Scoping Document - 144 Kb

Mining Proposal Scoping Document

Proforma for notification of Minor Changes to a Mining Proposal - 142 Kb

Proforma for notifcation of minor changes to a mining proposal.

Environment Group Site details and Activity Details form - 162 Kb

Environmental Group Site details and Activity Details form

Guidelines for Mining Proposals April 2016 - Frequently Asked Questions - 391 Kb

Guidelines for Mining Proposals - Frequently Asked Questions

Guideline for Mining Proposals April 2016 - Annual Environmental Reporting Frequently Asked Questions - 187 Kb

Guideline for Mining Proposals - Annual Environmental Reporting Frequently Asked Questions

Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia - February 2006 - 869 Kb

The 2006 Guideline can be used for the remainder of 2016. From 1 January 2017 all new mining operations must submit a mining proposal in accordance with the 2016 Guideline.

2006 Mining Proposal Checklist - 24 Kb

Checklist to be used with the 2006 Guideline for Preparing Mining Proposals

Sterilisation report / Backfilling Pits - Sterilisation Report  - This report must be completed where any resources are likely to be sterilised by backfilling and submitted to Geological Survey.

Mining Lease Applications
Hard copy Mining Proposals will not be accepted unless submitted in support of a Mining Lease Application (MLA) to the Resources Tenure.

Project Management Plans - Prior to commencment of mining operations, an approved project management plan (PMP) must be in place. See  What is a project management plan? for more information.