Lodge a mining proposal

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.

Contacts

Mineral Environment Operations

Statutory documents

Draft Statutory Guidelines Mining Proposals - 1218 Kb

Statutory Guidelines Mining Proposals

Guideline to Mining Proposals in Western Australia - April 2016 - 2658 Kb

A risk and outcome-based regulatory framework for environmental assessment and management of mining activities.

Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia - February 2006 - 869 Kb

The 2006 Guideline can be used for the remainder of 2016. From 1 January 2017 all new mining operations must submit a mining proposal in accordance with the 2016 Guideline.

Mining Proposal and Mine Closure Plan for Small Mining Operations form - 622 Kb

revised Mining Proposal and Mine Closure Plan for Small Mining Operations form

Environment Group Site details and Activity Details form - 162 Kb

Environmental Group Site details and Activity Details form

Policies

Draft Environmental Objectives Policy - 595 Kb

Environmental Objectives Policy

Guidelines

Draft Guidance Mining Proposal - 4082 Kb

Guidance Mining Proposal

Guideline for Mining Proposals April 2016 - Annual Environmental Reporting Frequently Asked Questions - 187 Kb

Guideline for Mining Proposals - Annual Environmental Reporting Frequently Asked Questions

Proforma for notification of Minor Changes to a Mining Proposal - 142 Kb

Proforma for notifcation of minor changes to a mining proposal.

Mining Proposal Scoping Document - 144 Kb

Mining Proposal Scoping Document

2006 Mining Proposal Checklist - 24 Kb

Checklist to be used with the 2006 Guideline for Preparing Mining Proposals

Guidelines for Mining Proposals April 2016 - Frequently Asked Questions - 242 Kb

Guidelines for Mining Proposals - Frequently Asked Questions

Environmental Risk Assessment for mining proposals and mine closure plans - January 2018 - 290 Kb

Guidance relating to the preparation of a comprehensive environmental risk assessment for inclusion in a Mining Proposal and/or Mine Closure Plan

Environmental Outcomes for mining proposals - January 2018 - 328 Kb

Guidance relating to the preparation of site specific environmental outcomes for inclusion in Mining Proposals being prepared in accordance with the ‘Guideline for Mining Proposals in Western Australia, April 2016’

2016 Mining Proposal Checklist - 152 Kb

Checklist to be used with the 2016 Guidelines for Preparing Mining Proposals

Technical guidance

Guide to the preparation of a design report for tailings storage facilities (TSFs) – August 2015 - 473 Kb

This is the guide to the preparation of a design report for tailings storage facilities (TSFs)

Waste Rock Dumps - September 2009 - 39 Kb

This document outlines planning before and during construction to produce cost efficient and effective rehabilitation of waste rock dumps.

Care and Maintenance - September 2009 - 44 Kb

This document outlines the environmental obligations of mines in regards to care and maintenance.

Acid Mine Drainage - September 2009 - 318 Kb

This document outlines strategies available to prevent or mitigate the impact of acid mine drainage.

Fauna Egress Matting and Ramps - March 2012 - 1031 Kb

This document provides advice on how to construct fauna egress matting and ramps.

Guide to departmental requirements for the management and closure of tailings storage facilities (TSFs) - August 2015 - 337 Kb

This guide has been provided to assist tailings storage facilities (TSFs) designers and operators with preparing the required reports for managing a TSF.

Procedures

Draft Environmental Applications Administrative Procedures - 1008 Kb

Environmental Applications Administrative Procedures

More information

Sterilisation report / Backfilling Pits - Sterilisation Report  - This report must be completed where any resources are likely to be sterilised by backfilling and submitted to Geological Survey.

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.