Environment Minister Albert Jacob has announced the appointment of Jason Banks to the inaugural position of Director-General of the Department of Environment Regulation. Banks had been acting in the role since the department was created in July 2013.
He led the formation of the bureaucracy, overseeing more than 300 staff and driving a range of reforms. Banks has extensive management experience and has worked more than two decades at a range of state government agencies, including as CEO and co-ordinator of energy at the Office of Energy. He was also instrumental in co-ordinating the government’s response to the June 2008 explosion at the Varanus Island gas processing plant.
“Mr Banks has implemented changes that reduce red tape for industry, farmers and land managers,” said Jacob. “He has overseen improvements to controlled waste regulations and adjustments to native vegetation clearing rules to streamline processes, and is well placed to guide continued improvements.”
“He has also worked as a senior adviser with the Department of State Development and as a management consultant with the Public Sector Commission. He began his career with the WA Police where he served as an officer and later a detective.
“He will provide strong leadership and set the future direction of the department as it continues work to streamline regulations, improve communication with industry and land owners and implement strategies to ensure the State’s enviable environmental standards are maintained and enhanced.”
The Department of Environment Regulation was formed along with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to replace the Department of Environment and Conservation.