The WA Government amended the Mining Regulations 1981 to support stakeholders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the revised regulations, tenement holders can now apply for expenditure exemptions if they are able to demonstrate that COVID-19 has affected their ability to meet their expenditure conditions.
The temporary amendments reduce the amount of time allowed for an objection to be lodged, from 35 days to 14 days, and all exemption applications will now be published online.
Additionally, on Wednesday July 1, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety cut its assessment timeframes in half for exploration Programme of Work applications.
The new timeframe target for applications has been reduced from 30 to 15 business days.
For more information, see the McGowan Government supports resources sector during COVID-19 media statement or visit https://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au