Mineral explorers are required to report annually on their exploration projects under Western Australian legislation. After a period of confidentiality, the exploration reports and data are made available to the public. These are referred to as open-file reports. Mineral exploration open-file (public) reports are stored in the Western Australian Mineral WAMEX database. Access is free of charge, and copies of the reports are available for download.
Western Australian Mineral Exploration reports (WAMEX)
Note: Google Chrome does not allow download of documents from WAMEX. The web browser must be Internet Explorer or Safari.
Mineral exploration report compilation and lodgement
Reports may be compiled and submitted online using a wizard. If you already have an ex login, go to “my account”, and add WAMEX online reporting to your list of accessible online systems. First-time users will be prompted by the system to register.
If the report has been lodged using the online system, then data requested by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) should also be submitted through the same system.
Lodge a mineral exploration report or submit missing data requested by the department
Reports prepared offline must be submitted on CD to DMIRS.
Guidelines for mineral exploration reports for mining tenements
The department has prepared guidelines that specify the contents, standards and format required in the preparation and submission of mineral exploration reports in accordance with Section 115A of the Mining Act 1978.
The latest guidelines were gazetted on 12th July 2019.
Excel templates for reporting exploration data. NOTE: These templates (and examples) are for standalone use and CANNOT be used in conjunction with the MRT software.
Please consult the Guidelines for Mineral Exploration Reports on Mining Tenements (link above) for a detailed explanation of the formats required for reporting digital data.
The Mineral Exploration Reporting (MRT) software is a free tool for adding required metadata to exploration data to make it compliant with the requirements of the guidelines above.
Application form for combined reporting
Granting of combined reporting allows the tenement holder to provide one annual report on a group of tenements. Please submit an application for combined reporting.
If a search does not find the mineral exploration reports expected, please submit a request to email@example.com.
Current tenement holders or their agents may request reports that are still confidential.
Bulk download of mineral exploration reports
A copy of all public reports is available on external hard drive from the library at Mineral House in Perth (Tel: +61 8 9222 3165) and the Joe Lord Core Library in Kalgoorlie (Tel:+61 8 9022 0400).
Annual release of mineral exploration reports
Mineral exploration reports held by the department for five years may be released to the public, under Regulation 96(4) of the Mining Act - the ‘Sunset Clause’.
Each year from early May, the proposed list of reports that that have no objections and are planned for release are published on the department's website. They are also advertised in the Mining Notices of the West Australian and the Kalgoorlie Miner. There is a period of two months during which the current tenement holders can study the list and object in writing to the release of any report.
Extraordinary release of grandfather mineral exploration reports
The first Sunset Clause release of reports took place in 2006 for reports submitted between 1985 to 2001.
The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) plans to release all the reports objected to in 2006 (the grandfather reports) to open file.
The proposed list of reports that are planned for release are published below and have been advertised in the Mining Notices of the West Australian Wednesday 16 October and the Kalgoorlie Miner Thursday 17 October. There is a period of two months during which the current tenement holders can study the list and object in writing to the release of any report.
From mid-December 2019, the GSWA will release the reports that have no objections.
Reports which have been released to the public will not be withdrawn if an objection is received subsequent to the report's release.
Reports to be released include:
Objections to release of mineral exploration reports
The current holder of a mining tenement covered by the report, or any subsequent tenement granted in renewal of or substitution for such a mining tenement, has the right to object to the release of the report under Regulation 96(5) of the Mining Act.
All objections must be in writing, include the ‘A’ number (Accession number of report), and specifically detail the page numbers and paragraphs in each report that justify the request for non-release of reports.
Objections should be submitted in writing, in two associated documents as follows:
- a covering letter
- a ‘read only’ PDF file or preferably a ‘read only’ Excel spreadsheet.
Objections to the release of reports should be addressed to the Director Geoscience and Resource Strategy, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All objections will be acknowledged.
There is a policy guideline on objections to the release of mineral exploration reports under the Sunset Clause.
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