Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion announced on Friday that the introduction of any cost-recovery fees for processing, mining, exploration and prospecting applications will be put on hold until a new WA reform legislation is passed.
Regulations to levy fees on mining proposals and larger programme of work applications were due to be activated on 1 July, 2015.
The latest announcement, however, will postpone the introduction of fees until the passing of the Mining Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which is currently before the State Parliament.
Mr Marmion said the reform will benefit the industry through simpler, more streamlined approvals. He said he had listened to constructive industry output and paid special tribute to Eyre MLA Graham Jacobs, Kalgoorlie MLA Wendy Duncan and Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Mark Lewis for their advocacy.
“Thanks to their work, other funding options have come forward and are now under consideration by my department,” Mr Marmion said.
“I am confident this approach will help reduce confusion and concern.”