The new code aims to ensure companies are able to safely introduce and manage autonomous systems in their operations.
“In many circumstances, this is where the industry is going,” Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said.
“With WA already at the forefront of autonomous and robotic mining and exploration, it makes sense we also take the lead in safe implementation of these technologies.”
Marmion said the code had been 18 months in the making and received technical input from experts across the globe.
It follows a trip to WA in September last year by the International Organisation of Standardisation.
The ISO committee on mobile autonomous mining systems met in Perth to discuss global safety standards.
“This code will complement further development of autonomous mining systems in WA, promoting increased diversification of our technology sector,” Marmion said.
The move comes as autonomous equipment continues to roll out across WA, with Pilbara heavyweight Rio Tinto leading the charge.
Autonomous systems are not specifically covered by the state’s Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and its associated regulations.