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Government puts licensing fees back in your pocket

To help streamline this process of refunding licensing fees for 2020-21, MP&DA has been asked by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to pass on the following information:

  • The regulatory changes (fee reductions) will take effect from 28 October 2020 – 31 March 2021.
  • Anyone who has paid full licence fees since 1 April 2020 will receive the relevant refund from DMIRS without the need to make special contact.
  • There is no need to contact DMIRS to chase up your refund.  DMIRS will be contacting all refundees by letter.
  • Of special note to anyone who receives a letter and form to complete with their Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) details, this is not a scam. Please complete the form and return as requested.
  • Please be patient, there may be delays in processing times for licence/registrations/permits over the next six months.


In June, we let you know about the State Government’s COVID-19 business relief package including licensing fees being waived for 2020-21.

The latest news is that legislation covering this initiative was passed on 28 October, and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has now put the wheels in motion to start refunding all eligible licensing fees paid for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

“Licensing-related” fees include various types of licences, registrations, permits and certifications, as well as fees for incorporated associations and co-operatives.

You don’t need to do anything in the way of registering for your refund.  All applicants who are eligible for a discount or refund are known to the department and will be contacted directly.  Refunds will be automatically provided for eligible payments made since 1 April 2020 so if you’ve changed your contact details since you paid your fee, be sure to update your details through the DMIRS website to avoid delays in getting your money back.

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