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Ivor Roberts, Department of Mines and Petroleum, WA - Latest developments in mineral titles regulation in WA and progress towards approval process reform and stakeholder engagement

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Ivor Roberts, Executive Director, Mineral Titles Division, Department of Mines and Petroleum, WA, delivered this presentation at the Mining the Pilbara 2013 conference. The conference aims to promote …

Ivor Roberts, Executive Director, Mineral Titles Division, Department of Mines and Petroleum, WA, delivered this presentation at the Mining the Pilbara 2013 conference. The conference aims to promote the sustainable development of mineral resources and the Pilbara region.

For more information, visit http://www.informa.com.au/miningthepilbara

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  • 1. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Mineral Titles Division Developments in Mineral Titles Regulation in Western Australia & Progress Towards Approval Process Reform and Stakeholder Engagement Dr Ivor Roberts Executive Director, Mineral Titles Department of Mines and Petroleum 7th Annual Mining the Pilbara Port Hedland 16th July 2013 Marble Bar Karratha www.dmp.wa.gov.au
  • 2. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Outline 1. Western Australia - importance of resources 2. Pilbara - mineral exploration and mining activity 3. Assistance, reform and engagement www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 2
  • 3. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Billions!!! Major West Australian Commodities 2012 ($ billion) 2011 ($ billion) 2010 ($ billion) Iron Ore 51.0 $62.8 $33.7 Crude Oil & Condensate 11.0 $12.0 $9.9 LNG 11.3 $ 9.3 $6.9 Gold 9.4 $ 8.8 $6.6 Nickel 3.8 $ 3.9 $4.1 Alumina 3.6 $ 4.1 $3.8 Others 6.8 $ 6.1 $5.9 Total $96.9 $107.0 $70.9 3Mineral Titles Division
  • 4. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Value of Minerals and Petroleum by Region 2012 Total $96.9 billion Pilbara (52%) State Offshore Petroleum (0.5%) Commonwealth Offshore Petroleum (24.7%) Peel (5%) Mid West (3%) Wheatbelt (3%) Goldfield Esperance (10%) Others (2%) www.dmp.wa.gov.au 4Mineral Titles Division
  • 5. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Western Australia leads the Nation Australia’s merchandise export earnings (2012) $248 billion Western Australia 46% Queensland 19% New South Wales 16% Victoria 9% 5Mineral Titles Division
  • 6. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Royalty increase - more money to the regions 2012 ($ million) 2011 ($ million) 2010 ($ million) Alumina 65.3 68.4 64.6 Diamonds 16.2 13.5 15.8 Gold 218.9 211.0 175.7 HMS 25.1 19.2 24.4 Iron Ore 3,535.4 3,785.1 2,394.7 Nickel 94.5 103.0 100.7 Petroleum 1,003.0 949.1 985.1 Other 136.9 139.4 106.0 Total 5,095.3 5,288.8 3,867.0 www.dmp.wa.gov.au 6Mineral Titles Division
  • 7. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Our share of the nation’s exploration Mineral Exploration (2012) $ million Western Australian mineral $2,053 Australian mineral $3,658 WA share 56% 7Mineral Titles Division
  • 8. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mining Act 1978 - Mineral tenement types • Exploratory • Prospecting Licence • Exploration Licence • Extraction • Mining Lease • Infrastructure • Miscellaneous Licence (for road, pipeline, power lines etc) • General Purpose Lease (tailings dam, processing plant, etc) 8Mineral Titles Division
  • 9. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Significant number of tenements 1 July 2013 23,149 mineral tenements (about 25% of the State) 5,196 pending applications 9Mineral Titles Division
  • 10. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Live and pending tenements in the Pilbara (as at 10/07/2013) July 2013 July 2012 (as at 11/07/2012) Live* Pending* East Pilbara 1,934 1039 Ashburton 1,138 753 Roebourne 416 290 Port Hedland 477 158 Total 3,965 2,240 (* as at 11/07/2012) Live* Pending* East Pilbara 2,109 720 Ashburton 1,261 736 Roebourne 452 214 Port Hedland 494 124 Total 4,316 1,794 (* as at 10/07/2013) www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 10
  • 11. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Mineral production by commodity for the Pilbara region 10Mineral Titles Division www.dmp.wa.gov.au 11 COMMODITY 2012 (million) 2011 (million) Number of operating mines in 2012 Number of operating mines in 2011 Iron Ore $ 48,563 $ 60,299 135 107 Gold, copper and silver $ 1,452 $ 1,649 6 7 Manganese and salt $ 525 $ 585 11 10 Construction material $ 164 $ 72 75 67 Tantalite, tin, gems & others $ 37 $ 60 10 12 Total $ 50,741 $ 62,665 227 203 Mineral Titles Division
  • 12. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Resource production by shire 12 Production 2012 (million) Production 2011 (million) Production 2010 (million) East Pilbara $29,829 $40,132 $31,423 Ashburton $20,002 $21,654 $17,092 Roebourne $156 $136 $157 Port Hedland $754 $744 $257 Total $50,741 $62,666 $48,929 Offshore Petroleum $24,373 $23,495 $22,821 Mineral Titles Division
  • 13. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Exploration in the Pilbara* $38 million $43 million $98 million $114 million $171 million $257 million $463 million $361 million $670 million $726 million2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 • Total for mineral fields in the Pilbara (Extracted from Operation Reports) (excludes State Agreements) www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 13
  • 14. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum GEOLOGY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 300km 14 Hamersley Basin Pilbara Craton Paterson Orogen Mineral Titles Division
  • 15. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Pilbara region a tungsten hot-spot O’Callaghans Nullagine Burrows Well Cookes Creek Wodgina Friendly Creek 17 Mile Hill
  • 16. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au O’Callaghans — Australia’s largest tungsten deposit • Australia’s largest tungsten resource; one of the World’s largest tungsten resources (257,100 t contained W) • Resource of 78 Mt @ 0.33% WO3, 0.50% Zn, 0.29% Cu, 0.25% Pb • Part of Telfer mineral system, along with Trotmans Stockwork • Large flat, laterally extensive polymetallic skarn (5-70 m thick), located 300 m below the surface Mineral Titles Division 16
  • 17. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au WA Government supports exploration investment Two strategies: 1. Exploration Incentive Scheme 2. Streamlining approvals processes for exploration and development (approvals reform) 17Mineral Titles Division
  • 18. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Exploration Incentive Scheme • Funded from Royalties for Regions • 6 programs aimed at encouraging exploration in WA, including a drilling subsidy • Pre-competitive information reduces technical and financial risks in exploration • Enhances perceptions about WA’s mineral and petroleum prospectivity 30Mineral Titles Division www.dmp.wa.gov.au 18Mineral Titles Division
  • 19. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Six EIS Programs 1) Exploration and Environmental Coordination 2) Geophysical and Geochemical Surveys 3) 3D Geological Mapping 4) Innovative Drilling including the Co-funded Drilling 5) Promoting Strategic Research with Industry 6) Sustainable Working Relations with Indigenous Communities www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 19
  • 20. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum EIS funds online lodgement system for tenement applications • Online application system for mining tenements in WA and online confidential online access by mining tenement applicants to the status of their applications. • Online submission of applications for "programs of work" (minerals exploration) • Online lodgement of ‘expenditure reports’ • Online lodgement of many other forms and applications ”Western Australia mining approvals process: The applicants know where they are in the approvals queue and how long it takes”— Consulting company, Manager (Fraser Institute Survey 2010/11) 20www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 20
  • 21. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Exploration Incentive Scheme — Competitive Co-funded Drilling program The Government may contribute up to the following for geoscientifically-based drilling in under-explored areas: • $$200,000 for a single deep hole • $150,000 for a multi-hole program • $30,000 for a genuine prospector Conditions applied include: • early release of information and public access to core • for prospectors — expenditure on geochemistry www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 21
  • 22. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Co-Funded Government – Industry Drilling Round 6 2013 Round 7 2013/14 www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 22
  • 23. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum EIS Co-funded Drilling Round 8 2014 • In 2014 about $6.5 million will be available for Drilling Round 8 • Preliminary advertising commencing August 2013 • Applications will be open 3rd September 2013 • Successful applicants will be announced December 2013 www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 23
  • 24. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Opaque Index ASTER low high e.g. graphite (carbon black), magnetite, manganese oxides WA Centre of Excellence for 3D Mineral Mapping C3DMM Entire State covered by Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission & Reflection imagery Download from: http://c3dmm.csiro.auwww.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 24
  • 25. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Why approvals reform? Thus - approvals reform became a major part of the Western Australian government policy • Approval times for Government to process applications for mining activities had become complex and unclear • Impacting on the sovereign risk profile the State’s reputation as a secure place to invest • Delay adds costs and complexity to projects 25www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 25
  • 26. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum The challenge! Government has charged DMP, as the lead agency for the resources sector, with improving approvals processes • Significant progress has been made • Need to continue the reform process, embrace compliance, and when necessary, reform our regulations • Significant issues remain, e.g. continually changing community expectations 26www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 26
  • 27. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum DMP’s role in approval reform Investment attracting high levels of high-risk, private sector, investment by demonstrating the resource potential for exploration and development Mineral tenements an equitable, efficient and secure titles system Regulation high safety, health and environmental standards that reflect community expectations Community benefits efficient assessment and collection of royalties Decision-making good policies and decisions, up-to-date legislation Community support high level of community support for resources sector 27www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 27
  • 28. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Stages in starting a mine 28www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 28
  • 29. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Approval Timeline Performance Measures • Efficient and timely determination/approval process for mining and petroleum projects is essential for guaranteeing the sustainability of the resources sector and the State’s future prosperity. • The need for a more transparent system in which agencies measure and report on timelines for key approvals processes is considered to be an important aspect of reforming the current system. www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 29
  • 30. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Future reform is focussed • Online Systems for improved access and efficiency • Risk-based and proportionate regulation to streamline approvals and compliance management with Government • Outcomes focused to promote compliance by industry • Accountable and trusted regulator for industry and community confidence • Increased transparency 30www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 30
  • 31. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Community engagement Government and industry need to engage with the community to provide a honest picture of impacts and opportunities – Openness and transparency helps build confidence – DMP must build trust in its capacity to regulate – Strong emphasis on compliance – Clear and accurate information on the DMP website 31www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 31
  • 32. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government 2013 election commitments 1. Expanding Department of Mines and Petroleum application tracking system to other agencies ($10 million) 2. Environmental Data Library ($8 million) – Public access, – Data on environment, cultural, heritage and water 32 BENEFITS: – Efficient approval processes across Government – online access to previously collected information – avoid unnecessary expenditure and duplication www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 32
  • 33. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Prospecting in Western Australia 33www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 33
  • 34. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Helping with regional tourism!!! Mineral Titles Division 34
  • 35. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Summary 1. Long term success of WA’s resources industry is fundamental to Australia’s economy into the future 2. DMP’s vision is for WA to continue to be the destination of choice for responsible resource exploration and development. 3. DMP is undergoing the most significant reform programs to occur in a generation 4. We are working in consultation with stakeholders to deliver more efficient and transparent approvals processes, with online systems as a key component 35Mineral Titles Division
  • 36. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Others are saying nice things about us www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 36
  • 37. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au Online Applications Online Databases:  mineral deposits  tenements  policy documents Online Title Information :  Mineral Titles Online  Tengraph www.dmp.wa.gov.au Mineral Titles Division 37 For more information
  • 38. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum www.dmp.wa.gov.au We are looking for a new Mining Registrar for Marble Bar Join the Mineral Titles team Mineral Titles Division 38

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