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New WA Mining Proposal Requirements - are you ready?

New WA Mining Proposal Requirements - are you ready?

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The West Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s (DMIRS) recent update to the Guidelines for Mining Proposal and Mine Closure Plans has potentially significant implications for mining companies.

Companies previously had six years (up to 01 January 2023) to transition from the 2006 Guideline to the 2016 Guideline. The updated Guidelines have now removed this clause and require all new Mining Proposals to be in alignment with the updated 2016 Guidelines.

So what does this mean?

With the updated Guidelines expected to be published in February 2020, this means all new Mining Proposals submitted must conform to the updated 2016 Guidelines format, which is structured to cover the whole of mine site, and works on a more risk-based assessment and outcomes approach.

As a concession, DMIRS will allow Mining Proposals for an individual component of a mine site to be submitted in the updated 2016 Guidelines format. However, DMIRS recommend that proponents move to the whole of site 2016 Guidelines where possible to avoid different outcomes across sites.

If you are preparing or thinking of preparing a Mining Proposal submission in the new year, the 2016 Guidelines will be required.

Our expert mining team is abreast of all the changes and requirements that are needed to facilitate these updates and provide a smooth transition for your mining project. Please reach out to our WA Mining team via email or call 08 9380 3100 for assistance or guidance on your submission.