Image: Government, industry, business, and community representatives attend Streamline WA’s collaborative workshops, exploring opportunities to improve the environmental approval process for mining projects.
The WA mining sector is set to benefit from reduced environmental approval timelines resulting from nine reform proposals being progressed by Streamline WA.
The Streamline WA initiative is jointly implemented by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and the Department of Water and Environment Regulation, with support from the Department of Treasury.
Since its launch in December 2018, Streamline WA has received numerous submissions from industry relating to the environmental approval process for mining projects and the challenges proponents face when trying to navigate these processes.
The nine reform proposals are the result of the Streamline WA collaborative workshops which brought together state and local government, industry, business, and community representatives to review the submissions and explore opportunities to improve the environmental approvals process for all stakeholders.
“The nine proposals are practical, effective and cover all aspects of regulatory reform, including legislation, culture, practice, process and systems,” said David Smith, Director General of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
Up to four of the nine reform proposals will be progressed in the coming months, including:
- consolidated and simplified application guidelines
- inclusive cross-agency and stakeholder training to provide visibility of assessment practices
- a user journey map that provides applicants with a clear, step-by-step picture of the mining environmental approval process and timeframes across government
- a clear and defined process for secondary approvals and amendments.
Streamline WA will work with workshop participants, key stakeholders and departmental practitioners to build upon current and related reform initiatives to develop and scope out all nine proposals.
Visit the Streamline WA portal for more on the environmental approvals in the mining sector reform project.
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