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annual
report

2017 - 2018

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Message from the Director General

This inaugural annual report signals the end to our first successful 12 months of operation, after uniting the two former departments of Commerce and Mines and Petroleum, to form the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety on 1 July 2017.

Working together over the last 12 months, has given us the opportunity to rethink and refocus our efforts. This I believe, has put us in a strong position to respond to the new challenges and expectations of government.

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‘Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success’,

quote by Author and Historian Edward Everett-Hale

Our Approach

The 2017–18 Annual Report is the inaugural report for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the department). This first report for the new department adopts the principles of integrated reporting to bring greater cohesion to the reporting process by breaking down siloed reporting. Information in this annual report is stylised and presented to demonstrate the department’s role as a regulator, service provider and policy maker.

Regulator
Key indicators of our success as a regulator are that: regulated entities know and comply with the rules; individuals and businesses have the confidence to operate in WA; better regulatory outcomes at a lower cost to the community; and public confidence is high in our areas of responsibility.

Our role as regulator has resulted in the following significant achievements for 2017–18:

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Service Provider
Key indicators of our success as a service provider are that: we know and monitor our costs and keep them moderate; customers have fewer touchpoints when doing business with us; customers and staff find it easier to do business; and customers are satisfied with their treatment.

Our role as service provider has resulted in the following significant achievements for 2017–18:

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Policy Maker
Key indicators of our success as a policy maker are that: business, community and industry behaviour supports policy intent; disruptors are identified early enough for pre-emptive policy action; intelligence is regularly shared and used for public benefit; and new ideas on how to address regulatory challenges are on the policy agenda.

Our role as policy maker resulted in the following significant achievements for 2017–18:

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This year in numbers

Number of privately owned buildings which were checked by an audit into potentially combustible cladding
1,700
Amount WA consumers recouped as a result of dispute resolution efforts
$3.85m
The total rate of improvement for all work-related injuries and diseases, since the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 came into effect 29 years ago in 1988-89
78.1%
Programmes of Work applications for exploration ground disturbance were assessed and approved
2,643

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