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South West Native Title Settlement

The Settlement involves around 30,000 Noongar people and covers approximately 200,000 square kilometres of the south-west region.  The agreement resolves native title in the Settlement area while recognising the Noongar people as the traditional owners of the area and establishing a Noongar governance structure to represent the rights and interests of the six Noongar Agreement groups. 

A comprehensive settlement package will provide the Noongar people with sustainable assets and options for developing Noongar interests, including opportunities for the WA Government and other land users to work in partnership with the Noongar people to elevate economic, social and community outcomes.

August 2021

AMEC welcomes major investment in State's approvals system

AMEC welcomes the announcement made today which will see the McGowan Government allocate $120M to the Western Australian project approvals system in the 2021-22 State Budget. The announcement is the single largest investment in approvals in the State’s history.

The announcement marks the delivery of an election commitment to reform the mining approvals process as part of the Streamline WA initiative, designed to reduce red-tape to make it easier to do business in WA by improving industry regulation and regulatory practice.

July 2021

Mining Act fees and charges 2021-2022

The State Government has made its decision on Mining Act fees and charges for the coming financial year, with fees effective from 1 July 2021.

An updated list of the charges is available on the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) website.

The new cost structure has been gazetted and the department has updated its systems and some of its online forms to meet the 1 July start date.

The increase in mining tenement rentals in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Budgets will: 

  • bolster the Exploration Incentive Scheme;

  • increase resourcing for processing the backlog of mining tenement applications; and 

  • boost funding for the Minerals Research Institute.  

Any further announcements of new expenditure will be made through the State Budget process.

June 2021

MRF reporting reminder for tenement holders

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is reminding tenement holders about the imminent deadline to complete and lodge this year’s Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) reports.

All tenement holders are required to submit their reports before 1 July and failure to do so will result in a $4000 infringement notice per tenement.

DMIRS Executive Director, Resource and Environmental Compliance Division Karen Caple, said the department is already seeing an excellent submission rate.

“Last year we achieved a 99 per cent compliance rate by 30 June, and we’re hoping to achieve that again this year,” Ms Caple said.

Public access computers are available in the Library at Mineral House on Level 1 and at each of the regional offices where staff can assist tenement holders to complete their MRF report. It is also possible to submit the report using a smartphone or tablet.

June 2021