Here we report on progress towards delivering the department’s purpose, presented in the context of our three approaches and aligned to the priorities of government.

Our customers are at the centre of everything we do, and this report reflects our commitment to our stakeholders by detailing what matters to them.

Within DMIRS, we are committed to good governance, and have linked our report to the good governance principles: strategy, culture, relations, performance and compliance and accountability (referenced on the Public Sector Commission’s website).

Our value statement, within Towards 2024, is that we lead with integrity, deliver on commitments, strive for excellence, and look for better ways of doing things.

In the About us section, we outline who we are and what we do, beginning with a message from our Director General, David Smith, who provides some insight with his year in review.

We cover our diverse range of stakeholders and illustrate the ways we have strengthened our relationships with them over the year. We also identify some of our strengths and challenges using the results from our stakeholder survey.

The regional map demonstrates the wide reach of the department’s activities across Western Australia, and the extent of our administered legislation shows just how diverse our operations are, with 94 acts under our responsibility.

Additionally, this section details our performance management framework (Outcome Based Management) which is the formal mechanism by which DMIRS demonstrates accountability and transparency to Parliament and the public.

You will also learn about our governance activities with regard to:

  • strategy – our new Strategic Plan Towards 2024 (detailed in the Message from the DG), and our organisational structure and services;
  • culture – our leadership structures and commitment to service delivery; and
  • relations – our communication with stakeholders, and shared responsibilities with other agencies.

Every working day we set out to create value. We are constantly exploring innovative ways of creating new, generating more, and expanding on existing, value. Our report this year demonstrates this contribution.

Our performance outlines our most notable achievements over the year aligned with the priorities of Government and our approach as a regulator, service provider and policy maker. Noteworthy matters relating to our performance include: developing a code of practice for mentally healthy fly-in-fly out workplaces; completing a Service Delivery Strategy; the opening of the McLarty Explosives Facility; and commencing the new family violence tenancy laws.

An assessment of our effectiveness and efficiency is contained within a summary of the key performance indicator report, as well as other performance reporting.

Rather than reacting to problems, we aim to keep abreast of change. We adapt and refine ourselves, our systems and practices where necessary, and are agile in responding to the needs of Government and our customers.

Some current and emerging issues and trends that impacted DMIRS during the year are covered in Significant issues and trends. These include Streamline WA; the first stage legislative response to the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System; and regulating the removal of asbestos.

DMIRS is focused on being open and accountable to ensure we can meet our customer and stakeholder expectations now and into the future.

Our key performance indicators, financial statements and other reporting obligations are detailed in the Disclosures and legal compliance section.

We cover our governance activities in relation to compliance and accountability. This includes our statutory and other obligations, through audit, delegation of authority, and having policies, processes and plans to manage finances, risk, human resources, as well as ethical, equal opportunity, occupational health and safety and record keeping obligations.

Transparency is one of our six values, and we are committed to providing accurate information on our statutory reporting.

The Appendices contain statutory required reporting, including board and committee remuneration, and other Act-specific reporting.

By meeting the various reporting obligations, this section covers our compliance and accountability governance activities.

We have produced this report online as an interactive microsite. This approach is in keeping with the department’s focus on maximising digital content delivery to limit the impact to the environment.

To engage with readers, we have also designed an innovative annual report snapshot (contained within Our performance), which summarises the key information from our report in an easily extractable, stand-alone document.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our contributions to the State during 2018–19.