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. 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 environment or occupational safety and health incident; or notification of such incidents; or complaints by stakeholders including the general public.
This measure is calculated by dividing the total number of completed inspections and audits by the total number of planned inspections and audits. The total planned compliance activities include those activities that are expected, scheduled and pre–arranged to be completed, plus an estimate of reactive, additional and unplanned activities that are anticipated to be conducted during the year.
In 2017–18, overall 99 per cent of compliance activities were completed as planned. This is six per cent lower than 2016–17 and one per cent the expected target.
A large volume of environmental compliance activities were completed as planned. However, There was a reduction in petroleum compliance activities completed as planned due to a downturn in exploration. As a result fewer annual Environmental Reports were available for review.
Table 26: Key effectiveness indicator O5.3: Percentage of compliance activities completed as planned