A mining proposal must be submitted for written approval by the Executive Director of the Resource and Environmental Compliance Branch of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) prior to the commencement of mining operations.
Please note that DMIRS has released draft Statutory Guidelines for mining proposals and mine closure plans to clarify the mandatory requirements for these applications. The Statutory Guidelines are likely to commence in February 2020.
The new Statutory Guidelines will supersede the existing Guidelines for mining proposals in Western Australia (2006), Guidelines for mining proposals in Western Australia (2016) and Guidelines for mine closure plans (2015). From the date of commencement of the Statutory Guidelines, DMIRS will require that mining proposals are submitted either in accordance with Part 1 (risk and outcome based) or Part 2 (small mining operations). For further information please see the information sheet.
These revised guidance documents carryover the majority of text from the previous Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia (2016) and Guidelines for Mine Closure Plans (2015).
Submit a mining proposal via EARS Online
View approved mining proposals via MINEDEX (Mines and minerals deposits)
Mining proposals must be submitted electronically via EARS Online (Environmental Assessment and Regulatory System).
DMIRS assesses environmental proposals for prospecting, mining exploration and development activities in accordance with the Mining Act 1978 (WA). A mining proposal is a document prepared by the proponent or tenement holder, containing detailed information on identification, evaluation and management of significant environmental impacts relevant to the proposed mining operations. Mining proposals must be prepared in accordance with the guideline for mining proposals in Western Australia.
Mining Lease Applications
Hard copy Mining Proposals will not be accepted unless submitted in support of a Mining Lease Application (MLA) to the Resources Tenure.
Project Management Plans - Prior to commencment of mining operations, an approved project management plan (PMP) must be in place. See What is a project management plan? for more information.