The Department of Mines and Petroleum recently released for feedback a review of the penalty structures within the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004, Mining Act 1978, Offshore Minerals Act 2003, Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982, Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 and Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969.

The review found maximum fines for corporations should be 10 times higher than maximum fines for individuals, while penalties need to "be high where the offences/incidents result from the corporation as a whole having an inappropriate culture towards safety and the environment.”

Feedback must be submitted by 14 February 2014. The final report is due in March.