About the department

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The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS) 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. 

Customer Service Charter

Our Customer Service Charter sets out our service commitments to our customers, so you know what you can expect from our department with regards to staff interactions, information, services, privacy and security, confidentiality and giving feedback.

Director General – Richard Sellers

Richard Sellers is a long-standing public servant who is well-recognised for his contributions to the sector. Richard was appointed as Director General of the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS) on 31 May 2021.

Prior to this, he held roles as the Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Director General of the Department of Transport, Commissioner for Main Roads WA, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Authority as well as Director General of the former Department of Mines and Petroleum.

As head of DEMIRS, Richard has been instrumental in many State Government reforms, including improvements to approval processes, industry and environmental regulation and workplace safety. He plays a critical role in improving the department’s effectiveness in protecting our workers and consumers and sets strategies to build the State’s economy by leading the energy transformation agenda and ensuring resources are developed in a sustainable and responsible manner.

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:

Corporate Services and Labour Relations 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, corporate communications, assets services, ministerial liaison ,and Office of the Director General.

The group is also responsible for both Government Sector Labour Relations (GSLR) and Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR). GSLR has the responsibility of the coordination, governance, and consistent management of government sector labour relations including the implementation of government wages policy. PSLR is responsible for shaping and implementing labour relations policy and legislative reform for private sector employers and employees within the state system. It assists these parties in understanding and achieving compliance with Western Australian employment laws.

The Strategic Business Innovation division focuses on whole-of-department strategic capability, fostering innovative thinking and maximising on digital delivery. It is responsible for creating vision and strategies, audit and risk management, corporate performance monitoring and providing sustainable digital solutions, all to ensure DEMIRS is a high performing, future-ready organisation.

The Group consists of the following business and operational areas:

  • Corporate Services
  • Government Sector Labour Relations
  • Private Sector Labour Relations
  • Strategic Business Innovation

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 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:

  • rulemaking 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 also has a lead role in driving DEMIRS whole-of-government regulatory reform activities, in addition to reporting to the Streamline WA Steering Committee, working closely with regulatory and economic development government agencies through the Council of Regulators to provide a peak collaborative forum for modernising and streamlining regulation, regulatory practices and timeframe. 

The Group consists of the following business and operational areas:

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

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 and operational areas:

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

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.

This Group 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.

Administering the Aboriginal Empowerment Initiative, this Group ensures policies, practices and procedures around mining activities are developed in a culturally respectful way. It will also seek to develop formal pathways for Aboriginal people to contribute to the way that resource development is regulated.

Resource and Environmental Regulation 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:

  • Resource and Environmental Compliance
  • Geological Survey and Resource Strategy
  • Resource Tenure
  • Aboriginal Empowerment

WorkSafe Group

The WorkSafe 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.

WorkSafe 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:

  • Investigations
  • Legal Services (Branch B)
  • Regulatory Support
  • WorkSafe Industrial and Regional
  • WorkSafe Mines Safety
  • WorkSafe Petroleum Safety and Dangerous Goods
  • WorkSafe Service Industries and Specialists

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