The West Australian Department of Mines & Petroleum has appointed Dr. Tim Griffin as its new acting director general.
It follows the departure of former director general Richard Sellers, who assumed the same role at the WA Department of Transport.
Griffin was previously the deputy director general within the DMP, holding that position since 2010, and is also currently the co-chair of the COAG Energy Council’s Land Access for Resources Working Group.
“I recognise that Richard has brought strong leadership to [the] DMP since his appointment in 2009 and I look forward to the opportunity to continue that guidance and direction to ensure the department continues to build on his achievements,” Griffin said.
“[The] DMP has implemented a raft of reforms and improved legislation and regulations to ensure that, as the State regulator for the resources sector, the department is in step with changing technology and community expectations regarding the sustainable development of the sector while ensuring health, safety and the environment are protected.”
Commenting on his own goals, Griffin said, “Western Australia is still rated as being one of the world’s most attractive jurisdictions for resources investment and I look forward to providing the leadership that will continue to build on that reputation.”
He will remain in the role until a permanent replacement is found.