Approvals WA

The Approvals WA portal is the first step in the Government’s commitment to improving the way industry and Government does business.

Doing Business in Western Australia

A message from the Government of Western Australia

Western Australia is a great place to live and do business.

We pride ourselves on our desire to get things done.

We are a global trader and want more investment to create jobs and grow our economy. 

Our regulatory system is the way we avoid adverse impacts on our environment, heritage, workforce safety, community safety and amenity; or effects to Aboriginal rights and interests, and that of other businesses or landowners.

A robust and efficient regulatory system reduces the risk to businesses from community agitation, legal action, or reputational damage from a regulatory failure.

We are continually improving our regulatory system to make it more transparent, predictable, timely, seamless and efficient, and one in which the community has high confidence.

The State Government is:

  • progressively updating its occupational and business licensing, environment, planning and development and mining laws and regulations to ensure our legal framework is contemporary and fit for purpose and allows for timely decision making
  • topping up resources where there are approvals pressure points or bottlenecks
  • developing the capability of our people and the business culture of our Departments
  • driving the digital transformation of our regulatory agencies and  Government services in general
  • strengthening coordination and our working relationships with our partners in the Commonwealth Government and local authorities

Welcome to Western Australia. We look forward to doing business with you.

Hon Mark McGowan MLA
Premier of Western Australia

Value Proposition Statement

Western Australia’s regulatory framework has key features and strengths that represent best practice regulatory design. This includes providing a safe and stable environment, transparent and integrated decision making, and efficient processes for proponents.  The Value Proposition Statement outlines the character and strength of Western Australia’s regulatory framework.

Statements of Expectation

The Western Australian Government’s overarching Streamline WA reforms are designed to build a 'one sector' mindset and improve service delivery. The Government’s Statement of Expectations for departments and Statement of Expectations for proponents ensure a clear, whole of government message is delivered to proponents and departments to help guide priorities and improve regulatory culture and practice. The Statements of Expectation reinforce that it is Government’s role to make the balancing decisions. 

Lead Agency Framework

The Lead Agency Framework is designed to ensure that proponents can be guided effectively through the Western Australian Government’s approvals processes.  The framework includes strengthened case management for complex proposals and State significant projects.  

Page reviewed 24 August 2021