The purpose of the department, which was developed when the two former departments of Commerce and Mines and Petroleum were amalgamated, is supporting a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector.
The department’s new organisational structure came into effect on 22 January 2018. The new structure positioned the department to best achieve the goals for Machinery of Government reforms whilst regulating the mining, building and construction industries, elevating worker safety, and assuming consumer protection and labour relations responsibilities.
In keeping with the department’s approach, information in this annual report has been presented to demonstrate the role the department plays as regulator, service provider and policy maker.
During 2017–18, the State government budget repair, Machinery of Government changes, disruptive innovations and emerging technologies, and the fluctuating demand for the State’s commodities were some of the challenges felt across the public sector, including the department. Other noteworthy issues and significant events that specifically impacted the department’s priorities included the government’s increased focus on worker safety in Western Australia, the department’s regulatory role in promoting the responsible development of Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum industry, the Grenfell Tower fire incident aftermath, and family and domestic violence in the community. Further detail on these issues and their impact on the department can be found in the significant issues and trends section.
The department accomplished much in its first year. Some of the more significant highlights contained in the key achievements section include: assessing more than 1,700 privately owned buildings audited as part the State-wide Cladding Audit; the Programme of Work Spatial lodgement system; assistance in settling 20 industrial agreements covering almost 80,000 public sector employees; and the department’s response to family and domestic violence.
Section three of the report, disclosures and legal compliance, outlines other financial and governance disclosures. Recognising that our greatest asset is our staff, this section also includes employment and industrial relations matters, compliance with public sector standards and ethical codes and government policy requirements.
The key performance indicator report provides detail on how the department has performed during the year against its targets. The majority of targets were met or exceeded for 2017–18, with a summary of this performance provided in the agency performance section. Financial statements providing comprehensive information on the department’s financial situation have been provided in section five.
Finally, our appendices contain additional information on the department’s activities including specific reporting, changes to written law, legal actions and functions of boards, commissions, committees, panels, and working groups.
The department is committed to understanding and striving to exceed our standards by encouraging feedback. Feedback on this annual report is requested and encouraged, with a feedback form provided on the last page.