Suspension on issuing Miner's Rights and Section 40E Permits

WA Police responsible for enforcing COVID-19 travel directions
Date: Monday, 06 April 2020

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has stopped issuing Miner’s Rights and is no longer assessing applications for Section 40E Permits from 1 April 2020. The suspension is in response to the State Government’s introduction on 31 March 2020 of a prohibition on regional travel made under the declared State of Emergency to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As of 3 April, the department has also temporarily disabled the online lodgement of applications for section 40E permits.

Miner’s Rights are issued for the purpose of fossicking on Crown land and providing access to prospect on Crown land for marking out purposes. Miner’s Right holders, other than companies, may also apply for a section 40E permit to prospect for minerals on Crown land that are the subject of an Exploration Licence.

WA Police are responsible for enforcing COVID-19 travel directions but it is important to note that exemptions apply for essential services and workers including the resources industry workforce. Self-employed mining tenement holders should take all reasonable steps to properly inform enforcement officers as required where travel is necessary for work purposes.

The department will reconsider issuing Miner’s Rights and Section 40E permits when restrictions on regional travel are removed.

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