Exploration & Land Access

CME’s Exploration and Land Access portfolios focus on obtaining timely access to land as one of the key enablers to resource project development. Ensuring the ongoing strength of the exploration sector creates the pipeline of future resource sector projects that drives the associated social and economic benefits across WA.

Projects & Issues

  • Incentivising exploration and improving the geological knowledge for Western Australia
  • Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) to improve efficiency and certainty for all stakeholders
  • The repeal and replacement of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA)
  • Improving the efficiency and transparency of the regulatory assessment and approval processes that affect land access and exploration
  • Progressing validation of tenements potentially affected by the Forrest & Forrest High Court Case to ensure title security in WA
  • Ensuring planning and environmental frameworks protection critical infrastructure and industrial areas and prevent incompatible land uses and land use conflict.

Land Access 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.

Working Groups

The Land Access Committee is supported by the following working groups:

  • Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage Working Group

External Groups

  • Department of Mines and Industry Regulation’s Resource Industry Consultative Committee
  • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title Industry Liaison Committee

Exploration Committee

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

CME’s Exploration and Land Access portfolios focus on obtaining timely access to land as one of the key enablers to resource project development