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Question Without Notice No. 964 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 September 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 September 2019

DEPARTMENT OF MINES, INDUSTRY REGULATION AND SAFETY — APPROVALS PROCESS

964. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to the minister's previous comments that the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has the best approvals process in the world.

(1) Does the minister concede that when DMIRS refers mining applications off to other government agencies, it stops the clock on the timing of mining applications, which allows DMIRS to postpone its final decision?

(2) Why does the government not track the total time an application takes, from the start of an application until the time it is determined, and not just for how long it is in the hands of DMIRS?

(3) Will the minister consider bringing in a system that tracks the total time an application is with the government?

(4) Since the current government came into office in 2017, has there been an overall improvement in processing times for applications?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Mines and Petroleum has provided the following information.

(1) When the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety refers a matter to another agency for its advice, no decision can be undertaken until that agency's response is received.

(2) DMIRS tracks and reports publicly both ''lapsed days'' and ''processing days''.

(3) The approvals tracking functionality in the mineral title online system already identifies where the mining tenement application is within the approvals process at any particular time.

(4) Yes.