Royalties transfers to RevenueWA

WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

In June 2021, the WA State Government* approved the transfer of the mining and petroleum royalty collection and administration function from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to RevenueWA (part of the Department of Finance).

The move is in keeping with New South Wales and Queensland who in recent years have moved their royalty collection and auditing responsibilities from mining and industry related departments to their State Revenue agencies.

Integrating the existing knowledge and expertise of DMIRS’ royalty collection and administration functions with the specialised information technology systems, knowledge and information sharing networks of RevenueWA will enhance royalty collection and auditing.

DMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Executive Director Karen Caple said: “DMIRS and RevenueWA have been working together closely to implement this transfer and to ensure a seamless transition for all royalty payers.

“Given the need to undertake legislative amendments, there will be no change to the royalty payment process at this stage. WA royalty payers will continue to follow the same processes and use the same Royalties Management System from 1 October 2021.

“There will also be no change in personnel. All emails and phone numbers will stay the same, even though the respective staff will be located at the Department of Finance’s offices from 1 October 2021,” Ms Caple said.

System changes and legislative amendments are required to enable a full transfer to the Department of Finance, and these will be progressively implemented. Details on any future changes will be outlined clearly to stakeholders in advance.

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