Portfolios

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.
  • Encouragement of continued exploration spending utilising initiatives at both a state and national level.
  • Preparation of regular resources and economics reports to provide members with a comprehensive overview of the state of the WA resources industry using a range of lead and lag indicators.
  • Work with government on implementing the Gross Rental Valuation trial and more broadly, 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 such as the Australian Jobs Act is fit for purpose.
  • Advocating for a greater distribution of GST to be returned to WA to support our expanding infrastructure requirements.
  • 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 compettitive place to do business and attract investment
  • Dissemination and analysis of data and key messages from CME's Community Economic Contribution report 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 Mr Paul Ryan of Shell Australia. 

Working Groups

Working groups within the Committee structure include:

  • Royalties Working Group
  • Local Content Steering Group
  • Local Government Ratings Working Group
  • Engineering and Contractors Roundtable.

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
  • Department of Mines and Petroluem/Department of State Development Mineral Royalty Rate Analysis Industry Reference Group.

Environment

CME’s Environment Portfolio is focused on advocating for an environmental regulatory framework which reduces approval timelines, minimises unnecessary duplication and promotes compliance processes which allow for innovation and minimises the cost of doing business in Western Australia.

Strong and independent environmental regulation is supported by the community and the Environment 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.

CME’s Environment Committee were involved in the recently established Western Australian Biodiversity Science institute which is an example of an effective and coordinated approach to acquiring and interpreting knowledge on Western Australia’s immense terrestrial biodiversity.

Projects and Issues

  • Streamlining of State and Federal environmental approvals process
  • Review of the Environmental Protection Authority policies and processes
  • Department of Environment Regulation industry licencing reform
  • Mining Act 1978amendments, ‘low impact activities’ framework and removal of regulatory duplication
  • Biodiversity Conservation Act
  • Mine closure and relinquishment policy
  • Environmental offsets, offsets metric and Pilbara Strategic Conservation Initiative
  • Cumulative impacts framework in collaboration with the Water Issues Group and Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)
  • Carbon policy, climate change and renewable energy target
  • Banded Iron Formations (BIFs) and conservation
  • 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 Mr Simon Butterworth, Alcoa of Australia Ltd.

Working Groups

The Environment Committee is supported by the following working groups:

  • Approvals Working Group

Identify opportunities to streamline State and Federal environmental approvals processes.

  • Carbon Policy and Energy Efficiency Reference Group

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

  • NGO and Industry Environment Forum

A forum to identify strategic environmental issues related to the resources sector and conservation groups with a view to achieving mutually agreed tangible outcomes.

  • 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 Petroleum’s Environment Division Liaison Committee
  • MCA Sustainable Development Committee
  • MCA Climate Change Committee
  • MCA Land Management and Approvals Working Group
  • Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA) Pilbara Strategic Conservation Initiative Working Group
  • OEPA Extensive Land Use Zone Offsets Working Group
  • OEPA Intensive Land Use Zone Offsets Working Group

Infrastructure

The infrastructure portfolio considers energy, water, aviation, ports, freight 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 2015-2025 Western Australian Resources Sector Outlook. The Outlook provides essential data on the plans of the sector over the next ten years on the key enablers of people, energy, water and infrastructure.
  • 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.

Working Groups

  • Energy Reference Group: considers both state and federal energy policy reforms relating to the Electricity Market Review and Energy White Paper, as well as forecasting, and regional supply and distribution issues.
  • Water Issues Group: engages on water reform proposals to ensure an efficient and streamlined regulatory and policy setting.
  • Iron Ore Fines Working Group: formed to consider and develop a coordinated industry response to change to the shipping of iron ore fines by the International Maritime Organisation.
  • Independent Esperance Trade Group: meets on an ad hoc basis to consider Esperance port issues.

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
  • Housing Industry Forecasting Group
  • Gas Emergency Planning Committee
  • Electricity Supply Disruption Committee
  • Economic Regulatory Authority Community Consultative Committee
  • Department of Water – Water Reference Reform Group
  • Oversize Overmass Advisory Committee.

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 Aboriginal heritage
  • Identifying and realising potential areas for efficiency gain and improvement to the Mining Act 1978 (WA) and Mining Regulations 1982 (WA) administration and operation. Areas of current reform include:
    - Programmes of Work through the proposed introduction of a Low Impact Authorised Activities Framework
    - Wardens Court
    - Changes to online systems to include free tenement information and a live RSS feed of surrendered tenements
  • 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 Chair is Mr Mike Erickson of Anglo Gold Ashanti Australia. 

Working Groups

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

 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.

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

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 Aboriginal Affairs' Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title Industry Liaison Committee (AHNTILC)
  • Minerals Council of Australia’s Indigenous Relations Working Group (IRWG) and Land Management and Approvals Working Group (LMAWG). 

People Strategies

The People Strategies portfolio is tasked with leading policy development on workforce-related matters including: attraction and retention; education and training; workforce diversity; labour mobility (fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work and immigration); industrial relations; and research and innovation. The People Strategies Committee sets the direction for the portfolio and advises on strategic human resources issues.

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

People and Communities

  • 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 Western Australia.
  • Link industry and researchers to promote adoption of new technologies including automation.

Project and Issues

  • Gender diversity in the Western Australian resources sector
  • Attraction and retention of Aboriginal Australians in the Western Australian resources sector
  • Commitment to training in the sector
  • FIFO work practices
  • Education for the resources sector
  • Gender pay gap
  • Major events and initiatives supported by People Strategies include:
    • People for the Future
    • Oresome Resources
    • Women in Resources Awards
    • Inspiring Girls initiative
    • Women in Resources National Awards
    • Diversity survey
    • Workforce survey
    • Indigenous Australians in the Resources Sector Forum
    • Involving men in gender diversity
    • FIFO Forum
    • Innovation and Research Forum
    • Indigenous Leadership in the Resources Sector Scholarship Program
    • Aboriginal Education, Employment and Business Opportunities Report.

Committee

The People Strategies 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 Strategies portfolio is supported by the following working groups:

  • Aboriginal Working Group: brings together CME member company representatives to discuss issues regarding the workforce participation of Aboriginal people 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.
  • Education Roundtable: CME collaborates with a range of members and education sector stakeholders to promote a more engaged and responsive education sector and through biannual Education Roundtable meetings.

External Groups

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

  • Curriculum Council VET Industry Specific Working Group
  • Curtin Kalgoorlie Campus Council
  • Curtin Western Australian School of Mines Advisory Board
  • Earth Science WA Board
  • Resources Industry Training Council (RITC) Advisory Board
  • Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA)
  • MCA Workforce Committee
  • National Oresome Resources Steering Group (NORSG)
  • Skills DMC Metalliferous Sector Standing Committee
  • Western Australian Reference Group MCA MoU on Indigenous Employment
  • Polytechnic West Academic Board
  • Muresk Institute Advisory Committee
  • Council/Chambers Skills Working Group.

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 

  • Model Work Health and Safety Legislation – General and Resources
  • Consolidation Options – Petroleum, Major Hazard Facilities and Mines Safety
  • Principle Hazard Management Plans
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Statutory Positions (Management and Supervision)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Sharing Safety Lessons Learned Forums
  • Data accessibility – leading and lagging indicators
  • Fitness to Operate
  • Inherent hazards and risks guidance material
  • Safety competencies (Risk Management Training)
  • Industry Safety performance
  • Safety Levies (Mines, Dangerous Goods, MHF and Petroleum)
  • New Technologies (Autonomous equipment, Collision Avoidance).

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
  • Safety Legislation Reform Workshops (as needed).

External Groups 

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

  • Mining Industry Advisory Committee
  • National Mine Safety Framework Tri-State Legislative Working Group
  • Safety Legislation Reform Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP)
  • The Minerals Council of Australia Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

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 ten industry advisory bodies, it represents the training and workforce interests of Western Australia’s mining, oil and gas and downstream process manufacturing industries and 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 plans which build upon a wide variety of industry sources to provide an overview of the RITC industries from the perspective of training and workforce development. These plans assist the state government in its vocational education and training resource allocation process. Priorities identified also drive project based activity undertaken by the RITC.

Industry partners and training professionals are encouraged to provide feedback and input into the RITC’s training and workforce development planning activities across mining, oil and gas and downstream process manufacturing. We host regular 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 annual Workforce Development Plans and an associated environmental scan
  • Undertake strategic projects to address current and emerging skills needs and other identified priorities
  • Provide advice on the establishment and variation of apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Contribute to the development and review of training packages and competency standards.

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