Operational Structure

Our organisational structure allows us to deliver our services with a focus on our purpose of supporting a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector.

Organisational chart

DMIRS Organisational Chart

Figure 3: Organisational chart

Prior to the above organisational structure being implemented from 22 January 2018, an interim structure was in place from 1 July 2017 to 21 January 2018. During this period, the following senior officers also held positions on the Executive Leadership Group:

  • Ken Bowron
  • Karen Caple
  • Jeffrey Haworth
  • David Hillyard
  • Lex McCulloch
  • Sandy Newby
  • Simon Ridge
  • Ivor Roberts
  • Rick Rogerson

The department delivers services through the following Groups:

Resource and Environmental Regulation Group

The Resource and Environmental Regulation (RER) Group is responsible for the regulation of one of Western Australia’s largest industry sectors. The Group plays a critical role in building the State’s economy while ensuring its resources are developed in a sustainable and responsible manner.

The RER Group oversees the regulatory and policy requirements of the resources sector, in all areas with the exception of worker safety. The RER Group also delivers the department’s geoscience functions, including providing geoscientific data to reduce risk for explorers, and increasing the attractiveness of Western Australia as a destination of choice for resource companies.

The functions of the RER Group include: Resource Tenure, Resource and Environmental Compliance, and Geoscience and Resource Strategy (including the former Geoscience Western Australia). Geological Survey of Western Australia remains a key brand for this Group.

Geological Survey 130 years logo

Industry Regulation and Consumer Protection Group

The Industry Regulation and Consumer Protection (IRCP) Group works towards ensuring that building, plumbing, gas and electricity services are safe, and there is a fair trading environment for Western Australian consumers and traders.

The IRCP Group does this by setting and enforcing technical safety requirements, standards and legislation for the building, plumbing, gas and electrical industries. The IRCP Group also ensures there is a fair trading environment by applying the Australian Consumer Law and other trading and occupational legislation. It sets policy for the areas it regulates and provides information and advice to consumers and industry.

The functions of IRCP Group include: Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and EnergySafety divisions) and Consumer Protection. Importantly, recognisable brands continuing for this Group include FuelWatch, WA Scamnet, Seniors Housing Advisory Centre. Industry Regulation and Consumer Protection Group logos

Safety Regulation Group

The Safety Regulation (SR) Group oversees the regulatory and policy requirements of workers health and safety in the resources and general industries sectors. It also covers the licensing regime and safety legislation for dangerous goods, including regulation of the State’s major hazard facilities and petroleum operations. The SR Group is responsible for the coordination, governance, and consistent management of public sector labour relations, assists private sector employers and employees in understanding and achieving compliance with Western Australian employment laws, and shapes and implements labour relations policy and legislative reform.

The SR Group plays a significant part in building and strengthening Western Australia’s economy, by ensuring that one of its most significant assets, its workforce, operates in a healthy and safe environment where their rights as workers are protected.

The SR Group unifies the regulation and enforcement of worker safety from both former department functions. Recognisable and continuing brands and services provided by the SR Group include: Dangerous Goods and Petroleum Safety, Labour Relations, Mines Safety, Regulatory Support, WorkSafe and Wageline. Safe Regulation Group logos

Service Delivery Group

Working collaboratively across the department, the new Service Delivery (SD) Group maintains strong links with operational areas, supplying and sharing relevant knowledge and information and delivering a range of services on behalf of the department. The SD Group remains alert to opportunities to improve and evolve service delivery methods that are efficient, effective and keep pace with the advancement of technology.

The functions of the SD Group include: Licensing Services, Investigations, Legal Services and Customer Information.

Strategic Business Innovation Group

The Strategic Business Innovation (SBI) Group was established to bring together a new focus on a whole-of-department strategic capability, fostering innovation to build a high performance organisation. SBI is a forward facing Group working towards creating a vision, strategies, purposeful policies, and detailing a plan to move the department into the digital world. The SBI Group will ensure that investments in these digital strategies are made with detailed feasibility and viability evaluation to deliver customer centric-design and value for money.

The functions of the SBI Group include: Business Innovation (including Information and Communications Technology); Compliance and Risk; Internal Audit; and Strategic Policy.

Corporate Services Group

The Corporate Services (CS) Group provides a range of corporate functions, which work towards assisting the department in achieving its strategic and operational objectives by offering specialist advice, effective business systems and internal controls.

The functions of CS Group include: Executive and Information Management Services; Facilities Services; Human Resources; and the Office of the Director General.