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Effective and ongoing stakeholder engagement enables better planned and more informed policies, projects and services including a greater understanding and management of issues and potential risks. For stakeholders, the benefits of engagement include the opportunity to have their issues heard and contribute to the decision-making process.

The following engagement principles are used when conducting our business:

Inclusive – We understand and acknowledge stakeholders’ views and consider the issues from their perspective, and be clear and open in our communications.

Relevant – We are risk-based and adaptive, and continuously adjusting our focus in response to changing circumstances, seeking the best outcome for the people of Western Australia.

Responsive – We keep stakeholders informed of issues that affect them by providing transparent, timely, consistent and accessible information and feedback, and engage in a manner that encourages mutual trust and respect.

Stakeholders are individuals, groups or organisations affected, directly or indirectly, by our activities and those that affect our activities. These include the broader community, internal staff, communities affected by mining or petroleum activities, local State and federal governments, community groups, Aboriginal communities and industry groups.

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Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill (B) 2023

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the draft Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill (B) 2023.

The draft Bill proposes amendments to the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969, and Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 to provide a legislative framework for the transport and geological storage of greenhouse gases in Western Australia.

Copies of the marked up version of these three Acts are provided for your information:

The department will provide a consolidated response to submissions received.

Please see the Summary Sheet for additional details.

Early submissions are encouraged.

Close of business 14 April 2023. Any queries and feedback can be sent via email to GSRS.Consultation@dmirs.wa.gov.au 
Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the Draft Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2022.

The draft Bill seeks to introduce amendments to the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 (PGERA), Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969 (PPA) and Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 (PSLA) (together, referred to as the Petroleum Acts) to enable the Department to roll out its business transactions through electronic service of documentation. Currently under the Petroleum Acts documents to be served on a party must be provided as hard copy documentation.

The department will provide a response to each submission received on the exposure draft, which will be collectively published in a response to submissions document. Submissions will be published verbatim, with the submitter listed.

Please see Summary for additional details.

The draft Bill will be available for public comment until close of business Friday 24 February 2023. Any queries and feedback can be sent via email to REC.Consultation@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Draft Programme of Work Guidance

Draft Exploration Rehabilitation Guidance 

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on draft guidelines for preparing a Programme of Work (PoW) application, and the rehabilitation of exploration disturbances.

The Draft Programme of Work Guidance seeks to clarify the requirements for these applications, and the Draft Exploration Rehabilitation Guidance aims to clarify DMIRS' expectations for the rehabilitation of exploration disturbances.

The department will provide a response to each submission received on this paper, which will be collectively published in a response to submissions document. Submissions will be published verbatim, with the submitter listed.

The discussion paper will be available for public comment for until close of business 1 March 2023. Any queries and feedback can be sent via email to REC.Consultation@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Discussion Paper - Eligible Mining Activity Framework

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on its Eligible Mining Activity (EMA) Framework Discussion Paper.

The EMA Framework is a new form of authorisation for certain minimal disturbance activities.  

The discussion paper provides an overview of the EMA Framework, presents draft criterion for what may constitute an EMA and outlines indicative standard conditions that will apply to each EMA.

The department will provide a response to each submission received on this paper, which will be collectively published in a response to submissions document.

Submissions will be published verbatim, with the submitter listed.

The discussion paper will be available for public comment until close of business 10 March 2023. Any queries and feedback can be sent via email to REC.Consultation@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2022 

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the Draft Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2022.

The draft Bill seeks to introduce a number of amendments to the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 (PGERA), Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969 (PPA) and Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 (PSLA) (together, referred to as the Petroleum Acts) to address petroleum operational matters and to enable the exploration of naturally occurring hydrogen.

Proposed operational amendments to the three Petroleum Acts relate to environmental aspects, royalty calculation, underground storage and additives.

The draft Bill also seeks to introduce the concept of ‘prescribed regulated substances’ to enable PGERA and PSLA petroleum titles to explore for and produce prescribed regulated substances i.e. naturally occurring hydrogen.

The department will provide a response to each submission received on the exposure draft, which will be collectively published in a response to submissions document. Submissions will be published verbatim, with the submitter listed.

Please see Summary and Information Sheet for additional details.

The draft Bill will be available for public comment until close of business Friday 24 February 2023. Any queries and feedback can be sent via email to REC.Consultation@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Consultation Copy of the Mining Amendment Bill 2023

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking public comment on the draft Mining Amendment Bill 2023 (Bill).

This Bill seeks to amend the Mining Act 1978 (Mining Act) following on from the consequential amendments found in the Land and Public Works Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 (LPWL Bill), which was introduced into parliament on 23 November 2022.

The Bill amendments stem from the proposed amendment to section 92B(2) of the Land Administration Act 1997 (LAA), found in the LPWL Bill, which states that a diversification lease can be granted for any purpose. A policy objective of diversification leases is to provide non-exclusive broad based land tenure options for Crown land that can coexist with other land uses (multiple land uses), especially with native title and land uses by the resource industry.

The department will provide a response to each submission received on the amendment draft, which will be collectively published in a response to submissions document. Submissions will be published verbatim, with the submitter listed.

Please see the information sheet for additional information.

The draft Mining Amendment Bill 2023 is available for comment until close of business 30 January 2023.

Any comments or feedback can be emailed to RTD.Consultation@dmirs.wa.gov.au

For previous consultations conducted by the Department, please visit https://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/content/closed-consultations 

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