Eligible Mining Activity Regulations released for consultation

Modernisation of approval process for minimal disturbance mining activities
Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2024

The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS) is inviting stakeholder feedback on the draft Eligible Mining Activity (EMA) Regulations.

Under the Eligible Mining Activity (EMA) Framework, an EMA notice will provide mining tenement holders with an alternative form of authorisation to undertake certain minimal ground disturbance activities, known as eligible mining activities. Introduction of the EMA Framework will improve the efficiency of the application process for mining activities and reduce approval timeframes. 

The draft regulations outline the criteria for what constitutes an EMA and the standard conditions that will apply to these activities. They were prepared following the release of the EMA Framework discussion paper and industry feedback back received.

An information sheet is also available to assist stakeholders in reviewing the regulations.

DEMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Division’s Executive Director Tyler Sujdovic said the department is committed to having best-practice regulatory frameworks in place to facilitate responsible resources development.

“We will continue to work closely with industry to ensure approval times can be fast-tracked without compromising Western Australia’s high standard of environmental regulation.

“Stakeholder input is key to ensuring the framework meets the needs of our stakeholders and mitigating any environmental risk when these regulations come into effect. We appreciate everyone who has been invested in the consultation process to date.”

More information on the documents and the feedback process can be found at the open consultations page.

Feedback submissions close on Wednesday 3 July.