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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.
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.
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.
Industry feedback due this week
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is reminding industry that the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed amendments to the Mining Act 1978 closes this Friday.
The Streamlining (Mining Amendment) Bill 2021 aims to make legislative changes to improve efficiencies for the application and assessment of environmental approvals and support economic recovery following COVID-19.
DMIRS Executive Director Resource and Environmental Compliance Karen Caple said: “Through the introduction of a low impact notification for the automated authorisation of low impact activities and the introduction of a single approvals statement for mining operations, the department hopes to modernise the regulatory framework and further reinforce a risk and outcomes based approach to regulation.
“This approach will also allow the department to redirect its focus to higher risk matters.”