Notifying commencement of a mining operation

For updated information relating to the information on this page go to Mining commencement notice

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

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

The information below has been left for historical compliance reference purposes



Notification of commencement of mining operation - template - 23 Kb

This template is regarding the notification of commencement of mining operation.

Who is responsible for the notification?

The principal employer or manager of a mine is responsible to inform the district inspector if mining is scheduled to commence at an operation. This is done after the state mining engineer has given written approval of the project management plan.

Refer to s. 42 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

Can we have multiple registered managers within a mining operation?

No, a mining operation is aligned with the definition of a mine under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (WA) and so may only have a single registered manager.

If a Principal Employer wishes to appoint multiple registered managers within a mining operation they can request from the State mining engineer that the mining operation be regarded as multiple mines.

Request for mining operation to be regarded as separate mines - 91 Kb

This pro forma is designed to be used to request for mining operation to be regarded as separate mines.

Request for Registered Manager (or Alternate or Deputy) to be responsible for more than one mine operation to be regarded as separate mines - 88 Kb

This pro forma is designed to be used to apply for approval from the State mining engineer for a Registered Manager, Alternate or Deputy to be responsible for multiple mines.

Lodging the notification

The completed and signed notification can be emailed to the relevant inspectorate.

Or mailed to

Resources Safety
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Mineral House 100 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004

Or lodged in person at Resources Safety, 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth

Find out your inspectorate area at Regional inspectorate boundaries for mining operations


For SRS related enquiries, please contact the SRS Manager
Phone: 1300 307 877

To contact an inspector of mines
Phone: 1300 307 877