Electronic Lodgement Of Title Forms For Mining Act Now Possible

Electronic Lodgement Of Title Forms For Mining Act Now Possible

Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Norman Moore

New Electronic Lodgement System For Minerals Titles Boosts Reform Process

Victor P Taffa

New electronic lodgement systems for minerals titles at the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) have made transacting business more efficient and convenient for resource companies operating in Western Australia.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said early feedback from industry about the changes introduced earlier this week was positive.

“Prior to these changes, companies were required to lodge their forms at the office of the Mining Registrar responsible for the mining district.” Mr. Moore said.

“For example, an application for a new exploration licence in the east Pilbara had to be submitted, either hand delivered or by courier/mail, to the DMP’s office in Marble Bar.”

“These changes mean forms can now be submitted to any of the DMP’s 10 minerals titles’ offices across the State.”

The Minister said e-lodgement for a selection of tenement forms was also available.

Included in Stage 1 are:

  • Operations Report-Expenditure on a Mining Tenement (Form 5)
  • Objection (Form 16)
  • Application for Exemption (Form 18)
  • Application for Mining Tenement (Form 21).

“This is the first stage of introducing the new system which will eventually include all mineral title’s forms associated with the Mining Act.” Mr. Moore said.

“The ability for companies to use this system will provide clear benefits for industry and the department.”

Electronic lodgement can be done at any time, from any computer.  The system also features data validation to ensure accuracy of required information prior to submission.

“This is a significant step in the approvals reform process and is another example of the State Government’s ongoing efforts to make WA one of the world’s most attractive destinations for investment in the resources sector.” the Minister said.

“Funding for the project came through the highly successful Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), which is part of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.”

“Approvals reform is an important component of the EIS Program and will help ensure the continued investment in Regional WA.” Mr. Moore said.