PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE CHANGES
The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) will be reviewing the Western Australian Mine Safety and Inspection Act (1994) and Regulations (1995).
As part of that review, DMP will be looking to move from prescriptive (you shall do this) to a risk based format (what are your risks and how are you going to manage them?).
It has also been proposed that the Mine Survey Board be disbanded as well as doing away with the title of ‘Authorised Surveyor”.
The DMP has welcomed guidance from the Mine Survey industry regarding positive changes to the regulations and as such a group of concerned practicing mine surveyors including our Mining Services Manager, Brett Grocock, has gotten together to help formulate a response to the DMP. All have a keen interest in protecting the valuable safety achievements gained during the mining boom and are looking to play a part in shaping the future of mine surveying in Western Australia, with the intent of enhancing the professional standing of the vocation.
A LinkedIn group has been created (Western Australian Mine Survey Industry Response to Proposed Legislative Changes), please join this group is you would like to find out more relevant industry information.
An industry day will be held on Friday 19th August 2016, 12:30pm at Central TAFE (East Perth) which will be aimed at disseminating information and forming a joint industry response. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you would like to attend. Your attendance and input is most welcome. An agenda is to follow in the coming weeks.
More information in regards to this group’s plan of action in the short-term can be found in the following document: Communique Regarding the Mine Survey Industry Response to Proposed Legislative Changes. A link to a survey can also be found within this document which you can complete to assist the committee with shaping the industry day and ensuring they have a truly representative response to the DMP.