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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 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

DMIRS’ organisational structure has consolidated its operations under six 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 Protection 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
  • Service Delivery

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

Energy Policy WA Group

Energy Policy WA is leading Western Australia’s energy transformation.

We advise the Minister for Energy on energy policy, to assist the Western Australian Government in making well-informed decisions that contribute to the delivery of secure, reliable, sustainable and affordable energy services to Western Australian households and businesses.

From 1 July 2021, as part of our leading role in Western Australia’s energy transformation, we support the Coordinator of Energy (the head of Energy Policy WA) 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.

We also support 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.

Our purpose is to deliver innovative and quality advice and initiatives that shape the energy sector for the benefit of Western Australians now and into the future. Our values of integrity, leadership, excellence, collaboration and people underpin everything we do. 

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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