The Western Australian Government has announced that the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is set to be given a new name that will better reflect its role in the modern industry. 

As of 1 December 2023, the department will be renamed to the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS). 

The Western Australian Government said that the name change better reflects the importance of the state’s energy portfolio and the critical role it will play in the government’s decarbonisation ambitions.

Energy Policy WA continues to lead the state’s energy transformation by delivering expert advice and initiatives to support the interests of Western Australia’s energy consumers.

The renaming does not affect DEMIRS’s other regulatory functions, and it will continue to support a safe, fair and responsible community, industry, energy and resources sector.

Energy Policy WA was fully integrated into the department on 1 July 2022.

The change was approved by Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Industrial Relations, Bill Johnston, who said that the new DEMIRS identity better reflects the State Government’s commitment to a cleaner, greener future.

“The State Government is fully committed to Western Australia’s rapid energy transition, having committed $2.8 billion in the recent state budget for renewable energy projects,” Mr Johnston said. 

“Energy Policy WA continues to modernise Western Australia’s energy sector in support of our commitment to net zero by 2050.

“We will continue to work with industry and the community to ensure Western Australians can access secure, reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy services.”

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