The department ensures the State’s resource sector’s safety, health and environmental standards are world best practice and consistent with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation, regulations and policies. Improving the safety, health and environmental performance of the mineral and energy resources sector is a priority of the Government.
Environment and safety audits, inspections and investigations are regulatory activities of the department. This measure demonstrates the department’s capacity to effectively administer and enforce the regulated environment and safety conditions as per the respective legislation.
Planned site selection for safety and environment regulatory activities is based on a risk framework. Regulatory activities are also undertaken on sites following an environmental or occupational safety and health incident; or notification of such incidents; or complaints by stakeholders including the general public.
The regulatory responsibility of the department includes the collection of royalties from resources development on behalf of the State. The department measures the compliance of returns, payments and production lodged by mineral and petroleum producers in line with relevant Acts and Regulations.
This measure is calculated by dividing the number of compliant activities by the total number of compliance activities.
Compliant activities are those that met all regulatory requirements and no non-compliance action was necessary or issued. Non-compliance actions are those with an enforceable consequence or repercussion for non-compliance, further than providing administrative persuasive notice for non-compliance.
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 25: Key effectiveness indicator O5.2: Percentage of compliance with regulated resource exploration and development conditions