Annual Report highlights DMP achievements

DMP's 2015-16 Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament.
Date: Friday, 23 September 2016

The Department of Mines and Petroleum's role in regulating the development of Western Australia's resources industry has been highlighted with the release of the department's 2015-16 Annual Report.

The department's acting Director General Dr Tim Griffin said the report highlights some of the department's key achievements over the past year.

"The role of the department is to ensure the State’s resources sector is developed and managed responsibly for the benefit of all Western Australians," Dr Griffin said.

"As demonstrated throughout the report, the department has been innovative and adaptive in its approach to fulfilling its role."

Dr Griffin said highlights in the report included winning the Premier's Award for the world-first Mining Rehabilitation Fund and the development of a multi-agency regulatory framework for shale and tight gas.

"The past year also saw the creation of the Community Partnership Resources Sector Award and Western Australia being ranked as the world's number one mining jurisdiction for attracting investment," Dr Griffin said.

"These are just some of the success stories from the past year."

The continued development of online systems has also played an important role in improving compliance and efficiency.

"This will continue in the coming years and will enable further improvements in efficiency, transparency and certainty regarding the department's processes," Dr Griffin said.

The report also highlighted significant issues impacting on the department's work.

"This includes the decrease in the value of mineral and petroleum production due to lower commodity prices and responding to changing conditions in the resources sector, such as increasing levels of automation," Dr Griffin said.

The report has been tabled in State Parliament by Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange and is available to download.