Message from the Director General

'Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.'

quote by Author and Historian Edward Everett-Hale

David Smith 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.

Our entire approach to harmonising our functions was driven by our purpose and goal of aligning our business with government priorities.

By focusing on our approach as regulator, service provider and service maker, we have worked towards improving customer-centric service delivery, providing greater collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, streamlining regulation and maximising opportunities for digital delivery.

Our vision for this report was to showcase our achievements, performance and case studies through these three approaches, thereby promoting our integration and reducing siloed reporting.

Word of appreciation

Many of the achievements detailed in this annual report would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our officers. I am very proud of the way our staff have conducted themselves during this period of change and uncertainty, and I commend the level of professionalism demonstrated by all.

The scale and complexity of moving to a new structure should not be underestimated and I recognise staff for their tremendous efforts in continuing to work as ‘business-as-usual’ and delivering a broad range of services.

One of the challenges we faced during the year, was losing key officers who possessed a wealth of knowledge and experience that served the State well, some having committed their entire professional career to the public sector (and some, this department). Their contribution to the development of Western Australia’s economy and community is much appreciated, and I wish them all the very best for the future.

I would like to acknowledge and thank our stakeholders – the many individuals, businesses and organisations that have also contributed to our success. We look forward to continuing to work together to improve outcomes for the community.

My final thanks go to all of the members of our corporate executive team (past and present) and our extended leadership team for their hard work and advice. I am very confident that our department is in good position to embrace 2018-19 and will continue its important role in delivering services for the Western Australian community.

It gives me great pleasure to present to you, the inaugural annual report for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Annual Report 2017–18.