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Expedited Procedure Reforms

June 2022

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) have published the new expedited procedure process, which was implemented on 1 June 2022.

Prior to 2022, State policy on the inclusion of the expedited procedure statement in notices issued under section 29 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) applied a ‘blanket approach’ to the application of the expedited statement to particular kinds of tenements, namely prospecting licences, exploration licences, and retention leases (exploratory titles). However, the new process allows DMIRS greater discretion in the application of the expedited statement to such tenements.

Geophysical data release: final data package from AusAEM–WA SkyTEM AEM survey — Murchison block

March 2022

On Thursday 3 March 2022, the Geological Survey of Western Australia will release final data from the Murchison SkyTEM 20 km line-spacing AEM survey.

The survey was conducted between August and October 2021 as part of the GSWA and Geoscience Australia AusAEM–WA survey program.

Data will be available for download on and after the release date via GSWA’s MAGIX and GeoVIEW.WA platforms by searching on MAGIX registration number 72050.

A complete data package will also be available from Geoscience Australia’s eCatalogue at

The WA State Government’s Exploration Incentive Scheme funded the acquisition of the data.

Round 25 of Western Australia's Co-Funded Exploration Drilling Program open

Feb 2022

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is reminding mineral exploration companies to make applications for Round 25 of the Co-Funded Exploration Drilling Program which opened today.


“The $12.5M Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) program is a significant Government investment into mineral exploration drilling, offering up to a 50 per cent refund for eligible projects,” said AMEC Chief Executive Officer, Warren Pearce.

New Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill enters Parliament

November 2021

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) says that the Bill introduced to Parliament today will finally provide a long overdue update to existing heritage legislation in Western Australia.

“If enacted, this Bill will bring an end to Section 18 clearance processes and will set a new standard for the protection of cultural heritage in Western Australia,” said Chief Executive of AMEC, Warren Pearce.

“The Bill sets an extremely high standard for engagement and agreement making between our industry and traditional owners.”

“And while it will apply to all industries, the mining and exploration industry will clearly be the one most effected by the changes.”