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Question On Notice No. 2949 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 May 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Question Directed to the: Minister for Regional Development representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum
Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

(1) Will the Minister please provide a list of the companies/prospectors and projects which have lodged addendums to existing mining proposals to commence mining operations within the last 8 months and are currently still waiting to have those projects approved by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety?
(2) If no to (1), why not?
(3) Can the Minister advise what is specifically being done to process and expedite all outstanding addendums to Mining Proposals awaiting approval so as mining companies can continue to play a huge part in the growth and development of this State?
(4) If no to (3), why not?

Answered on 18 June 2020

  1. No

  2. There is no formal process for addendums to Mining Proposals under the Mining Act 1978, and therefore the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) does not differentiate within its systems between Mining Proposals that are for new operations compared to proposals for additions/revisions to existing operations. I have provided a list of companies that have lodged Mining Proposals since 15 September 2019, which were still under assessment as of 15 May 2020. This amounts to 82 Mining Proposals. See Tabled Paper no.     ]

  3. DMIRS commits to target timeframes for all its approval processes. The target timeline for Mining Proposals is 30 business days from receipt of application. While a number of the 82 Mining Proposals listed in (2) may be ‘on-hold’ waiting for more information from the applicant or advice from another agency, over the period 15 September 2019 to 15 May 2020 DMIRS finalised 139 Mining Proposals with an average DMIRS processing time of 19 business days. DMIRS is continuously improving its approvals performance and I recently announced that from 1 July 2020, the target timeframe for exploration and prospecting programme of work approvals will be reduced from 30 to 15 business days.

  4. Not applicable