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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) was formed on 1 July 2017, as a result of merging the Department of Commerce and Department of Mines and Petroleum.

Its mission is to support a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector. 

DMIRS’ organisational structure has consolidated its operations under five groups to ensure the community and industry receives excellent service.

These Groups are:

Resource and Environmental Regulation Group

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

In addition to its regulatory role, the Group delivers the department’s geoscience functions, providing data to reduce risk for explorers and increasing the attractiveness of Western Australia as a destination of choice for resource companies.

Industry Regulation and Consumer Group

The Industry Regulation and Consumer Protection Group will contribute to safer, more responsible actions by traders and industries, the early identification of emerging trends and issues and a better informed, risk-aware community.

The group administers legislation covering Western Australia’s industry, community and consumers through its programs for compliance, conciliation, dispute resolution and enforcement. Additionally, it will maintain and monitor industry-specific technical standards, and use sophisticated analysis and surveillance to monitor industries and behaviours.

The group consists of the following business areas:

  • Building and Energy (formerly Building Commission and EnergySafety)
  • Consumer Protection

Safety Regulation Group

The Safety Regulation Group plays a significant role in building and strengthening Western Australia’s economy by ensuring and protecting the rights of all employees to work in a safe and healthy working environment.

The group provides regulatory and policy oversight of workers’ health and safety in the resources and general industries sectors, the licensing regime, and safety legislation for dangerous goods, including regulation of the State’s major hazard facilities and petroleum operations.

The group is also responsible for the coordination, governance, and consistent management of public sector labour relations and parts of the state’s private sector workforce.

The group consists of the following business and operational areas:

  • WorkSafe
  • Mines Safety
  • Dangerous Goods and Petroleum Safety
  • Public Sector Labour Relations
  • Private Sector Labour Relations
  • Regulatory Support

Service Delivery Group

The Service Delivery Group design and deliver services that meet the needs and expectations of our community, customers and industry.
The group ensures the department is client focused and respond to opportunities to improve and evolve service delivery methods that are efficient and effective and keep pace with the advancement of technology.
The group will also collaborate, where possible, with other agencies to improve the customer experience in accessing services.
The group consists of the following business and operational areas:

  • Licensing Services
  • Customer Information
  • Investigations for dangerous goods, mines and petroleum safety and WorkSafe

Strategic Business Innovation Group

The Strategic Business Innovation Group focus on a whole-of-department strategic capability, fostering innovative thinking across the department in support of building a high-performance organisation.
The group consists of the following business and operational areas:

  • Business Innovation
  • Strategic Policy
  • Internal Audit and Risk

Corporate Services Group

The Corporate Services Group supports the department to achieve its strategic and operational objectives. The group provides a range of corporate functions to assist the department plan and operate through offering specialist advice, effective business systems and internal controls.

The group consists of the following business and operational areas:

  • Facilities Services
  • Executive and Information Management Services
  • Human Resources
  • Finance and Financial Planning

Executive Structure

Leadership Structure provides a brief overview of the department's executive structure.

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