The department is responsible for administering mineral and energy resources legislation with an emphasis on the timely determination and management of applications.
The department, as a designated Lead Agency, under the Lead Agency Framework, considers managing determinations within agreed times as key to responsibly developing resources across the State. Lack of certainty and time delays have major financial implications for stakeholders and reputational repercussions for the State.
This measure is calculated by dividing applications determined within target timeframes by overall applications determined. Applications determined are those approved, refused, lapsed, rejected or withdrawn. The department publishes its target timeframes on its website.
In 2017–18, 95 per cent of applications were determined within the agreed timeline. This is equal to the target set, although three percent lower than the 2016–17 result.
Table 24: Key effectiveness indicator O5.1: Percentage of applications determined within agreed timelines