Consultation opens for the Mining Development and Closure Proposals and Approvals Statements framework
|Date:||Tuesday, 09 May 2023|
- Proposal simplifies the approval processes for Western Australia’s mining sector
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today announced the release of a discussion paper that seeks to simplify the approval processes for Western Australia’s mining sector.
The proposed Mining Development and Closure Proposals (MDCP) and Approvals Statements framework will further streamline regulation, reduce administrative burden and create efficiencies around managing compliance.
The MDCP will be a single document that increases the efficiency of applications for mining operations and the assessment of these operations by removing the duplicate information required under the current process.
The introduction of an Approvals Statement will further reduce duplication by combining approved activities and conditions of a mining operation in one document.
The 12-week public consultation follows the introduction of the Mining Amendment Bill 2021, which passed the Legislative Council in September 2022. This legislation is a key part of the McGowan Government's ongoing commitment to reduce red tape and make it easier to do business in WA.
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback as these responses will inform the framework’s development and the drafting of potential amendments to the Mining Regulations 1981.
More information is available at https://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/content/open-consultations
The public consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday, 1 August 2023.
Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:
“The McGowan Government remains committed to ensuring best-practice regulatory frameworks are in place that facilitate responsible resources development.
“We very clearly recognise that an efficient and effective regulatory framework is essential for providing industry with the certainty required to make investment decisions.
“While we are working hard to streamline the regulation of WA’s mining sector, at no point will we compromise on environmental and social standards.”