Initiatives aimed at improving environmental licensing efficiency have received significant positive feedback from industry, as the Liberal National Government continues to deliver red tape reforms.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the changes, which had been recognised in the 2016 Red Tape Reduction Report Card, had not only improved processing times but also provided certainty to licence holders.
"In the past, licences have generally been granted for between one and three years. Longer term licences - up to 20 years - have now been implemented and applied more evenly throughout calendar years," he said.
"This approach significantly reduces an unnecessary administrative burden on industry and enables the department to focus on regulatory, rather than administrative tasks."
Mr Jacob said granting licences for longer durations would not reduce the regulation of emissions from industry premises.
"The department can and does review existing premises at any time to ensure public health and environmental risks are being adequately addressed," he said.
"These reviews entail a thorough risk-assessment of the premises and appropriate amendments to licence conditions, ensuring industry regulation remains contemporary and effective and the community and the environment are protected."
Finance Minister Sean L'Estrange said the changes to environmental licensing showed how the Liberal National Government was making it easier to do business in Western Australia.
"This is a strong example of how small changes can smooth the way for many businesses to get on with what they do best, without having to spend time on administration," Mr L'Estrange said.
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Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Finance Minister's office - 6552 6900