DMP cuts times for pro­cess­ing

Pilbara News - - Business - Court­ney Fowler

Thou­sands of WA re­sources com­pa­nies, ex­plor­ers and prospec­tors have ben­e­fited from record-break­ing ap­proval pro­cess­ing times, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Mines and Pe­tro­leum.

An­nounc­ing WA’s best quar­ter for min­eral ti­tle ap­proval speeds, Mines and Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter Bill Marmion said it high­lighted the suc­cess of the Govern­ment’s red tape re­duc­tion cam­paign.

He said the red tape re­forms saved oper­a­tors time and money and led to swifter job cre­ation, while main­tain­ing re­spon­si­ble regulation of the in­dus­try.

Mr Marmion said in the De­cem­ber quar­ter, the depart­ment ap­proved 91 per cent of min­ing lease ap­pli­ca­tions within 65 busi­ness days and 92 per cent of min­ing pro­posal ap­pli­ca­tions in 30 days.

He added that all Pe­tro­leum En­vi­ron­ment Plans sub­mit­ted to the DMP were ap­proved within 30 cal­en­dar days.

“The depart­ment has sur­passed its tar­get of fi­nal­is­ing more than 80 per cent of ap­pli­ca­tions within those time­lines,” Mr Marmion said. “The depart­ment is on track to cut time-con­sum­ing pa­per­work to nil by per­form­ing all of its op­er­a­tions on­line this year.”

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