Programme Of Work Applications Up 50% Since January 2018

Programme Of Work Applications Up 50% Since January 2018

Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston

Western Australia Mineral Exploration Activity On The Rise

Victor P Taffa

  • Programme of Work applications increases by 50 % since January
  • Applications in May increased by 80 % above monthly average
  • 83 % of applications finalised within the target timeline since start of April

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today welcomed a 50 % increase in Programme of Work (PoW) applications since the start of the year in Western Australia.

“Programme of Work figures are very encouraging and represent the buoyant nature of the minerals exploration sector in Western Australia, and the strong economic impact this will have.” Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said.

“Plans are in place to address the additional applications and the department will continue to process in order of the date received to ensure applicants are treated fairly.”

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) receives, on average, 200 applications each month and so far in 2018 it has received an average 300 applications.

In May this year DMIRS received 366 applications, an 80 % increase on the average, indicating mineral exploration activity in Western Australia is on the rise.

This increase in PoW applications is putting pressure on the government’s approval processing targets, so there may be a slight delay in processing times.

DMIRS’ target is to process 80 % of applications received within 30 business days, and it is currently finalising 83 % of applications within the target timeline for the April quarter.