The Western Australian Government has committed to reforming environmental regulation in the resources industry. This commitment responds to community expectations of improved environmental outcomes, the findings of a number of independent reviews and audits, and a desire to achieve leading practice in environmental regulation.
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) implemented a consultative Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) program to fully integrate a risk based regulatory framework and achieve best practice in regulatory services while ensuring environmental integrity is maintained.
Regulatory approvals reform is a priority for State and Commonwealth environmental regulators. DMIRS' RER program is addressing the delivery of its environmental regulatory services and its interface with other regulators to remove any duplication. The implementation of the RER program aligns with, and complements, approvals reform by other State and Commonwealth agencies, and at the whole of government level.
Through establishing a risk and outcome based regulatory framework, DMIRS will ensure its regulatory effort is targeted and proportionate, such that regulatory effort protects environmental values in an effective, efficient and timely manner. DMIRS is undertaking ongoing monitoring and evaluation of key performance indicators to complement a risk based approach by ensuring resources have been appropriately allocated to minimise environmental risk.
DMIRS administers a risk based regulatory framework in accordance with the principles of best practice government administration – accountability; transparency; predictability; proportionate and targeted.
For information on the former Reforming Environmental Regulation Advisory Panel (RERAP)