DMIRS plays a unique role in supporting a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector. It is a role that we take seriously in our efforts to build trust with our stakeholders, deliver exemplary regulatory practice and reform, and protect the community.

Our functions may be diverse in nature, however, a common culture is developing with a shared commitment to our purpose and values which is enhancing the way we work together as a regulator, service provider and policy maker.

We continue to perform and deliver our services during a period of ongoing change. We have further revised and integrated structures, policies and processes to continuously improve how we serve the community. We have also seen changes in our leadership, gaining a new Minister for Commerce and the appointment and movement of members of our Corporate Executive and other senior personnel.

Significant strides have been made in realising our vision. During the year, we launched Towards 2024 - the new strategic plan for DMIRS, which sets out who we are, where we want to go and how we are going to get there.

Our Corporate Executive continued to lead delivery of the Towards 2024 strategy, and identified three priorities for the year ahead: improving approval pathways to reduce timeframes, streamline processes and improve transparency; collaborating with other agencies to deliver better outcomes; and improving the department’s diversity profile and opportunities for women in leadership.

This annual report highlights our achievements in these areas of focus, none of which would have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our people.

Together, as a progressive and engaged workforce, we celebrate our diversity, deliver on our commitments and look for better ways of working so that our customers’ experience is the best it can be.

Underlying everything we do are our values of being respectful, responsive, forward thinking, transparent, fair, and ethical – these are driven by our staff who help to make DMIRS a success.

David Smith

Director General