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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, energy and resources sector. 

DMIRS 2022 - Supporting and protecting WA communities, industries, workers and consumers provides a snapshot of the department's values, purpose and strategic focus. It features a summary of the key projects DMIRS has delivered in 2021-2022 and the initiatives planned over the next 12 months that will:

  • protect workers and consumers;
  • build a sustainable and responsible resources industry; and
  • support economic growth and energy transformation.

Our structure

Our organisational structure has consolidated its operations under five groups to deliver an efficient and effective service to our stakeholders.

These groups are:

Resource and Environmental Regulation Group

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

Environmental Regulation oversees the regulatory and policy requirements of the resources sector in all areas with the exception of worker safety. This includes managing a system for mineral titles and approval of mining associated activities. This Group also delivers the department’s geoscience functions, which provide geoscientific data to understand the State’s mineral and petroleum resources, reduce risk for explorers and increase the attractiveness of Western Australia as a destination of choice for resource companies.

The group consists of the following business and operational areas:

Industry Regulation and Consumer Protection Group

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

This Group ensures there is a fair, safe and equitable marketplace by applying the Australian Consumer Law and other trading and occupational legislation, as well as setting and enforcing the licensing and technical safety requirements, standards and legislation for the building, plumbing, gas and electrical industries. Since January 2022, service delivery functions including licensing services, legal counsel, customer information and communications also sit within this Group.

The Group consists of the following business areas:

  • Building and Energy
  • Consumer Protection
  • Service Delivery
  • Legal Services (Branch A)

Safety Regulation Group

The Safety Regulation Group oversees the regulatory and policy requirements of workers’ health and safety in the resources and general industries sectors, and safety legislation for dangerous goods, including the State’s major hazard facilities, and petroleum operations.

Safety Regulation is also responsible for the coordination, governance, and consistent management of public sector labour relations, and shapes and implements labour relations policy and legislative reform. It assists private sector employers and employees in understanding and achieving compliance with Western Australian employment laws.

Safety Regulation plays a significant part in building and strengthening Western Australia’s economy, by ensuring that one of the State’s most significant assets, its workforce, operates in a healthy and safe environment where workers’ rights are protected.

The Group consists of the following business and operational areas:

  • WorkSafe
  • Mines Safety
  • Dangerous Goods and Petroleum Safety
  • Government Sector Labour Relations
  • Private Sector Labour Relations
  • Regulatory Support
  • Legal Services (Branch B)

Energy Policy Group

The Energy Policy Group is future focused and committed to delivering sustainable solutions for the department and community.

Energy Policy focuses on the delivery of energy policy advice to the Government to facilitate the supply of secure, reliable, sustainable and affordable energy services to the Western Australian community. The Group supports the Coordinator of Energy with:

  • rule making and administration of the Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) Rules, the Gas Services Information (GSI) Rules, and new rules to apply to the North West Interconnected System;
  • WEM and GSI market development, including conducting reviews of a policy or technical nature in the WEM; and
  • development of periodic Whole of System Plans for the South West Interconnected System.

Energy Policy also supports the Coordinator of Energy in discharging their statutory responsibilities in the management of fuel, gas and electricity supply disruptions, as set out in the Energy Coordination Act 1994.

The Group is also responsible for building the department's strategic capability and fosters innovative thinking, while implementing sustainable digital solutions to ensure DMIRS is a high performing, future-ready organisation.

The Group consists of the following business and operational areas:

  • Energy Policy WA, Strategic and Consumer Policy
  • Energy Policy WA, Market Development
  • Strategic Business Innovation.

Corporate Services Group

This Group offers specialist advice, effective business systems and internal controls to assist the department in achieving its strategic and operational objectives. This includes financial services, human resources, corporate information, assets services, ministerial liaison and Office of the Director General.

The Group consists of the following business and operational areas:

  • Assets
  • Information Management Services
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Accounting and Financial Planning
  • Ministerial Liaison
  • Office of the Director General

Executive Structure

Our leadership structure provides an overview overview of the department's Executive Leadership Group membership and high level executive structure.

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