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.
As of 3 March 2020 all applications must be submitted either in accordance with Part 1 (risk and outcomes based) or Part 2 (small mining operations) of the Statutory Guidelines, which clarify the mandatory requirements for these applications. The 2020 Statutory Guidelines supersede the Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia (2006), Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia (2016) and Guidelines for Mine Closure Plans (2015). For further information please see the information sheet.
DMIRS is currently updating EARS Online to reflect the 2020 Statutory Guidelines. In the interim, any references to “2016 Guidelines” in the online submissions portal should be taken to be the “2020 Statutory Guidelines”.
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).
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.