Western Australia reviews Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994

The Western Australian Government is conducting a review of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994. The statutory review process will look into the operation and effectiveness of the Act.

The review, which was originally scheduled to take place in 2009, has been brought forward so a number of other important studies and reviews can be taken into consideration. For instance, public consultations into the National Mines Safety Framework were held in Perth and Kalgoorlie recently, and the national goals and strategies of the framework and its draft legislation will be taken into account when reviewing the Act.

Other areas under consideration include alignment of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, examining what amendments to the Act would be required to introduce the concept of a 'safety case' regime. This would be similar to strategies in place for the oil and gas sector, where the legislation defines broad safety objectives and the operator develops the most appropriate methods of managing risk.

For more information visit www.docep.wa.gov.au (Select 'Mining' > 'Mines Safety and Inspection Act Resources')

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