The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) plans to halve processing timeframes for exploration applications.
The new timeframe will reduce programme of work (PoW) applications from 30 to 15 business days starting July.
The shorter assessment times will support the state government’s commitment to improve regulatory efficiency through its Diversify Western Australian Economic Development Framework, according to DMIRS director general David Smith.
“DMIRS will continue to work hard to streamline regulation and to make the resources sector more efficient and effective,” he said.
“The Resources and Environmental Compliance division’s efforts to improve our processes is a credit to everyone involved.
“In the 2019 December quarter, 98 per cent of Programme of Work applications were finalised within the target timeline, and we will work hard to ensure these great results continue.”
DMIRS received near-record levels of PoW applications in 2019 (2646) compared to 1799 applications in 2016.
Resource explorers and prospectors are required to lodge a PoW application prior to using mechanised equipment for ground disturbance such as drills and clearing tracks.