The contentious practice, which involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock several kilometres underground, is already being used to extract gas from the Canning Basin in the Kimberley.
The State Government has been reworking the laws guiding companies, to strengthen reporting and environmental monitoring requirements.
Jason Medd, from the Department of Mines' petroleum division, says the proposed changes will be released for public comment early next year.
"What we're looking at in these guidelines and regulations is we're looking at, where does the company drill a water well to monitor the groundwater? How long do they have to monitor before, after and during an activity? What do they test for? Where are the wells located?" he said.
"These are the things we need to sort out."
Environment groups say it is not yet clear how rigorous the new fracking laws will be.
Environs Kimberley director Martin Pritchard says what is not in doubt is that the practice should be banned in the meantime.
"It's the cart before the horse here," he said.
"We need to stop and take stock of what is actually happening with fracking.
"We need to have a look at the new regulations and see if they're going to address the problems with fracking before any more fracks take place in WA."