On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/whs
Transitional arrangements may be in place for the compliance requirements on this page.
All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website
What is ground control?
Ground control is the methodology applied to eliminate, or reduce as far as reasonably practicable, the risks associated with various forms of ground movement in surface and underground mines.
The department has produced guidelines and audits to help industry manage ground control in open pit and underground mines.
Guidance for ground control in Western Australian mines
Guidance for open pits and quarries
Guidance for underground mines
The following high impact function (HIF) audits are designed to cover the standards associated with the safe development, operation and closure of open pit and underground operations from a geotechnical perspective.
Below is the list of documents and links that you may find useful.
Certain incidents associated with ground control are notifiable.
Refer to Geotechnical reporting in What's involved in reporting an accident or incident for a mining operation?