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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) have reviewed and consolidated their administrative agreement that sets out how they will work together to regulate environmental impacts in the mineral and petroleum resource sectors.

The updated Agreement will assist both departments to effectively administer the Mining Act 1978Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 and Environmental Protection Act 1986.

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“The agreement continues to support both departments in meeting their legislative obligations and responsibilities in the most efficient, fair and transparent manner,” said DMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Executive Director Karen Caple.

“It will ensure we deliver consistent and timely advice, reduce administrative overlap and duplication, and apply a risk-based regulatory approach.”

DWER Regulatory Services Executive Director Kelly Faulkner commended both agencies for their collaboration on the agreement, which incorporated and refreshed several existing memoranda of understanding.

“This new agreement streamlines services, and simplifies and standardises the requirements in previous agreements,” she said.

“I am sure that officers from both DWER and DMIRS will welcome its implementation, and its ability to better enable both agencies to work towards shared goals with clear expectations.”

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AMSJ April 2022