Policy Areas

Economics and Tax

The Economics and Tax portfolio considers a broad range of issues primarily focused on reducing the cost of doing business and the economic competitiveness of the Western Australian resources sector.

The sector is a significant tax contributor at both a state and national level, and any tax policies must take into account the international nature of the resources sector. Given our maturing resources market, international competitiveness must remain a priority for all governments in policy setting frameworks.

Projects and Issues

  • Support for the current state royalty regime.
  • Ongoing reviews and submissions to the state and federal government budget processes.
  • Preparation of regular resources and economics reports to provide members and stakeholders with a comprehensive overview of the state of the WA resources industry using a range of lead and lag indicators.
  • Work with government to assist with stable and transparent local government revenue raising policies.
  • Ensure government understands the significant local procurement spend from resources companies in the regions where they operate. Also ensuring legislation is fit for purpose.
  • Represent member interests on other matters including input into the Federation and Tax review processes and proposed federal taxation changes
  • Leading CME's deregulation agenda across all levels of government focusing on identifying and reducing unneccessary red tape and regulation
  • Prioritising broader economic reform and policies to ensure Western Australia remains a cost competitive place to do business and attract investment.
  • Dissemination and analysis of data and key messages from CME's Community Economic Contribution reports focusing on both the direct and indirect contribution of the resources sector across all regions of Western Australia. 

Committee

The Economics and Tax Standing Committee is tasked with leading policy development on taxation and economic issues impacting the resources sector. 

The Committee is Chaired by a Member of the Executive Council. 

Working Groups

Current working groups within the Committee structure include:

  • Local Government Ratings Working Group.

Working Groups can be initiated at any time in order to deal with specific portfolio issues.

External Groups

The Economics and Tax portfolio Committee and Groups provide guidance on CME’s participation on a number of external groups:

  • Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) Taxation Committee
  • MCA Gold Forum

Natural Resources

CME’s Natural Resources Portfolio is focused on advocating for an environmental regulatory framework which is efficient, effective, minimises unnecessary duplication, allows for innovation and minimises the cost of doing business in Western Australia.

Strong and independent environmental regulation is supported by the community and the Natural Resources Portfolio engages with State and Federal government to ensure transparent regulatory regimes are maintained.

The Environment Committee provides a forum for members to collaborate and share knowledge on leading practice environmental management to inform CME’s advocacy on environmental reform.

The understanding of industry environmental performance and increased focus on relevant and practical responses to environmental matters is another focal point.

Projects and Issues

  • Streamlining of State and Federal environmental assessment processes
  • Department of Water and Environment Regulation industry licencing reform
  • Mining Act 1978 amendments, ‘low impact activities’ framework and removal of regulatory duplication
  • Implementation of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
  • Mine closure and relinquishment policy
  • Environmental offsets, offsets metric and Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund
  • Climate change and energy policy
  • Transparency and stakeholder engagement
  • Mine Rehabilitation Fund and abandoned mines policy

Committee

The Environment Committee is tasked with leading policy development on environmental issues impacting the resources sector. 

The Environment Committee is chaired by a Member of the Executive Council.

Working Groups

The Environment Committee is supported by the following working groups:

  • Approvals Working Group

Identify opportunities to streamline State and Federal environmental assessment processes.

  • Climate and Energy Reference Group

Input into CME policy development and advocacy on Federal and State climate change and energy policies and legislation.

  • Goldfields Environment Forum

A CME member forum for environmental management issues in the Goldfields region.

  • South West Environment Forum

A CME member forum for environmental management issues in the South West region.

External Groups

The Environment Committee provides guidance on CME’s participation on a number of external groups:

  • Environmental Protection Authority’s Stakeholder Reference Group
  • Department of Mines and Industry Regulation's Resource Industry Consultation Committee
  • MCA Safety and Sustainability Committee
  • MCA Climate and Energy Committee
  • MCA Approvals Working Group
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's Stakeholder Reference Group

Infrastructure

The infrastructure portfolio considers energy, water, aviation, ports, freight, rail and broader infrastructure policy and planning proposals and reviews.

Through the portfolio, CME’s advocacy encourages coordinated planning across infrastructure asset classes and the identification of the state’s economic and social infrastructure needs.

Proactive advocacy has enabled CME to forecast changes within the sector for the key enablers of people, energy, water and infrastructure. The portfolio leads this work to provide an integrated supply and demand outlook across these enablers, and analyse and identify policy implications and opportunities as a key input into government planning to improve regulatory and policy regimes.

Similarly the portfolio has identified a framework to encourage private sector infrastructure investment by considering options for the delivery of complex infrastructure projects, planning and coordination, and financing and funding approaches.

Responses to transport reforms relating to aviation, ports and roads are considered to streamline approval processes and ensure an operating environment which recognises the sector needs.

CME’s energy policy position supports transparency in energy policy development and implementation, encourages energy market competition, addresses security of supply and diversity of energy sources, and considers investment in infrastructure and technology.

The portfolio also shapes broader water reform proposals by supporting evidence based, stable water resource management policies to ensure certainty over water access for exploration, construction and operations.

Projects and Issues

  • Advocacy for the development of an infrastructure plan based on the outcomes of CME’s 2018-2028 Western Australian Resources Sector Outlook. The Outlook provides essential data on the plans of the sector over the next ten years on key enabling areas.
  • Identifying the state’s infrastructure needs and advocating innovative ways to facilitate planning, investment and delivery, particularly in the areas of ports, aviation, roads, water and energy.
  • Identifying and recommending infrastructure investment frameworks and models for appropriate investment between industry, private financiers and the state and federal governments.
  • Addressing planning issues to ensure they are transparent and strengthened to provide certainty in protecting industrial areas, buffers and corridors.
  • Advocating for efficient port operations and development to facilitate trade at least cost.
  • Ensuring there is appropriate planning and investment in road infrastructure.
  • Advocacy on state energy matters which provides a framework for meeting the future needs of the state.
  • Advocacy in support of the resources sector’s strategic water priorities including access to water resources, optionality in the management of mine dewater, and recognition of the significant investment the resources sector makes in water resource development and management.
  • Strategic planning issues including identifying options for the stronger protection of transport corridors and industrial buffers.

Committee

The Infrastructure Standing Committee is tasked with leading policy development on infrastructure issues including ports, aviation and roads and responding to planning and infrastructure delivery proposals.

External Groups

The Infrastructure portfolio Committee and Groups provide guidance on CME’s participation on a number of external groups:

  • Freight and Logistics Council
  • Perth Airport Planning Coordination Forum
  • Economic Regulatory Authority Community Consultative Committee
  • Department of Water – Water Reference Reform Group

Land Access

Obtaining efficient access to land is one of the key enablers to resource project development. Within the Land Access Portfolio, CME is focused on the following issues:

  • More efficient government processes for obtaining access to land for exploration, development and infrastructure purposes
  • Streamlined approvals and compliance processes which reduce regulatory overlap, and increase transparency and stakeholder certainty
  • Efficient and effective heritage and native title frameworks
  • Enhanced opportunities for integrated land use arrangements
  • Government policy which ensures the attractiveness of Western Australia as a destination for resources investment.

Projects and Issues

  • Review and proposed legislative amendments to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Legislative and administrative reform of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972
  • Identifying and realising potential areas for efficiency gain and improvement to the Mining Act 1978 administration and operation. Areas of current reform include:
    - Programmes of Work through the proposed introduction of a Low Impact Authorised Activities Framework
    - Wardens Court
  • Principles-based preferred model for strategic land use planning, such as the Multiple Land Use Framework.

Committee

The Land Access Committee is tasked with leading policy development on issues such as exploration, project approvals, heritage and native title, and land use arrangements.

The Committee meets quarterly in Perth. The Committee is chaired by a Member of the Executive Council.

Exploration Committee

The Exploration Committee provides a forum for members to discuss key issues affecting exploration and identify how CME can support sector advocacy and promote exploration. The roundtable also provides an opportunity for explorers to obtain updates on key areas of reform in policy and legislation.

A key focus for the committee is the Exploration Incentive Scheme as well as the Geological Survey of WA and the availability of high quality, pre-competitive geological data.

Working Groups

The Land Access Committee and portfolio is supported by the Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage Working Group.

 The Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage Working Group informs CME’s policy position on Native Title and Aboriginal heritage, leads industry input into government reforms, and identifies emerging issues related to the operation of these systems in Western Australia.

 

External Groups

The Land Access Committee provides guidance on CME’s participation on a number of external groups:

  • Department of Mines and Petroleum’s Mining Industry Liaison Committee (MILC)
  • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage's Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title Industry Liaison Committee (AHNTILC)
  • Minerals Council of Australia’s Indigenous Relations Working Group (IRWG)  

People and Communities

The Western Australian resources sector aspires to be a highly valued and strongly supported member of the community, providing attractive career opportunities through developing people's capacity and enabling them to safely meet operational targets.

The agenda of the People and Communities portfolio is focused on the following issues:

  • Enhanced focus on relevant and practical responses to high risk activities through increased sharing of safety information and addressing safety behaviour and safety leadership.
  • Increased knowledge and a positive perception of the industry by community and decision makers.
  • Inefficiencies resulting from duplication of training effort and lack of agreed approach eliminated.
  • Education and training systems responsive to emerging occupational requirements and commodity specific labour shortages by up-skilling existing personnel and providing opportunities for new entrants using industry standard facilities.

 

Project and Issues

  • Inclusion and Diversity in the Western Australian resources sector
  • Commitment to training in the sector
  • FIFO work practices
  • Education for the resources sector
  • Major events and initiatives supported by People and Communities include:
    • Women in Resources Awards
    • Inspiring Girls initiative
    • Women in Resources National Awards
    • Diversity survey

Committee

The People and Communities Committee meets quarterly to set the direction for the portfolio and advise CME policy development on human resources, education and training, attraction and retention issues impacting the resources sector.

Working Groups

The People and Communities portfolio is supported by the following working groups:

  • People Strategies Interest Group: brings together CME member company representatives to discuss issues regarding the workforce participation in the WA resources sector and provide assistance in the development of CME policy and initiatives. 
  • Gender Diversity Reference Group: CME member company representatives meet quarterly to discuss gender workforce participation issues and provide input to associated CME policy and initiative development.
  • FIFO Reference Group
  • Education Strategy Working Group
  • Construction Training Fund Working Group
  • Aboriginal Engagement Interest Group
  • Verification of Competency Governance Group
  • Verification of Competency Working Group

External Groups

The People and Communities Committee provides guidance on CME’s participation on a number of external groups:

  • Earth Science WA Board
  • Resources Industry Training Council (RITC) Advisory Board
  • CEO's for Gender Equity
  • National Science Week Committee
  • WA Chief Scientist STEM Advisory Panel

Workplace Health and Safety

The Workplace Health and Safety Portfolio is responsible for working with industry to identify and manage inherent hazards and risks, promoting research and development to foster innovation and industry wide technology solutions and working closely with government to ensure the regulatory regime is streamlined, transparent and formalises a best practice risk based approach.

Within the Workplace Health and Safety Portfolio CME is focused on the following issues:

People and Communities

  • Enhanced focus on relevant and practical responses to high risk activities through increased sharing of safety information and addressing safety behaviour and safety leadership.
  • Education and training systems responsive to emerging occupational requirements and commodity specific labour shortages by up-skilling existing personnel and providing opportunities for new entrants using industry standard facilities.
  • Increased knowledge and a positive perception of the industry by community and decision makers.

Economic Competitiveness

  • Regulatory frameworks which reduce approval timelines, minimise unnecessary duplication and compliance processes to improve the cost of doing business in WA
  • Working with government to enhance capabilities and increase certainty of approach to regulation
  • Transparent stable and competitive fiscal regimes across local, state and federal governments
  • Link industry and researchers to promote adoption of new technologies including automation.

Projects and Issues 

  • Work Health and Safety Legislative reforms.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing.
  • Sharing Safety Lessons Learned Forums.
  • Workplace Exposure Standards.
  • Explosives Regulation.
  • Safety and Health competencies.
  • Industry Safety performance.

Committee

The Workplace Health and Safety Committee is tasked with considering critical safety and health issues, identifying opportunities for continuous improvement and leading the development of industry responses on key issues impacting the resources sector. 

Working Groups

The Workplace Health and Safety Committee and Portfolio are supported by the following working groups:

  • Eastern Regional Occupation Safety and Health Forum.
  • South West Regional Occupation Safety and Health Forum.
  • Mental Health Working Group.
  • Radiation Management Network.

External Groups 

The Workplace Health and Safety Committee provides guidance on CME’s participation on a number of external groups:

  • Mining Industry Advisory Committee.
  • Legislative Advisory Committee.
  • MIAC Mental Health Strategies Working Group.
  • Commission for Occupational Safety and Health.

Resources Industry Training Council (RITC)

The Resources Industry Training Council (RITC) is a state government funded joint venture between CME and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Ltd (APPEA).

One of nine industry advisory bodies recognised by the State Training Board of WA, it represents the training and workforce interests of Western Australia’s mining, oil and gas and downstream process manufacturing industries. It also provides strategic, forward looking training advice to the State Training Board of Western Australia (STB), Department of Training and Workforce Development, industry generally and Registered Training Organisations.

A major function of the RITC is to work with industry, registered training organisations and government to develop and implement innovative solutions to address skill shortages, changing workforce needs and inform state government vocational education and training development policy. The RITC also has close working relationships with workforce development and skills bodies at the national level.

The RITC produces annual workforce development priorities which inform development of the State Training Board's State Training Plan.This information assists the Board and other state government agencies involved in industry development and the allocation of resources to the vocational education and training sector.

Industry partners and training professionals are encouraged to provide feedback and input into the RITC’s training and workforce development activities across mining, oil and gas and downstream process manufacturing. We host forums for industry and training representatives to facilitate better cooperation and more flexible and responsive training solutions for the RITC industries.

Projects and Issues:

  • Inform and advise industry and training organisations on training and workforce development issues, including apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Provide industry intelligence to the Western Australian Government regarding current and emerging skills shortages.
  • Produce an annual statement of workforce development priorities.
  • Undertake strategic projects to address current and emerging skills needs and other identified priorities.
  • Provide advice to the State Training Board of WA on the establishment and variation of apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Contribute to the development and review of training packages and industry competency standards.

To find out more about the RITC please visit www.ritcwa.com.au.