The Mining Act of 1978 sets out the framework within which mineral exploration and mining activities can take place. The mining regulations at the end of 1981 have the administrative procedures for authorizing these activities by granting a rental house. The North West Shelf (Woodside) Agreement and the Railway and Port Agreement (The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd) are just two recent examples of agreements that have inserted local content commitments. The last state agreement to be amended by Parliament, the Northwest Gas Agreement, was 40 years old when it was amended in 2019. The main objective of this amendment was to extend the duration of the agreement so that operations could continue until 2071. However, the VA government took this opportunity to impose new obligations on the company by inserting clauses in “modern state agreements” requiring the implementation of local development plans and local participation in the project. The State Development Minister will consider whether a given development needs a state agreement and advise supporters accordingly. Among the criteria used to determine these needs are: the VA government has also taken advantage of opportunities to amend existing government agreements to improve local content obligations. Since 2011, new Member States` agreements have increasingly incorporated local content provisions to ensure that local businesses can get the “maximum” benefits from these important projects. Higher levels of service will be made available for project proposals with more complex licensing requirements.
Thus, the proposals for uranium mining are Level 3 projects – the highest level of service. The Western Australian Geological Survey (GSWA) publishes state-of-the-art reports, maps and databases that document the geology and oil reserves of Western Australia. Legal update of the VA mining industry and the construction sector The main use of resources in Western Australia is iron ore, natural gas, gold, alumina and nickel. However, there are more than 50 different minerals that are mined in Western Australia, more than in any other Australian state or territory. A number of historical state agreements had either a fixed end date or a fixed term for mining leases under the state agreement. That is why, in recent years, Parliament has had to think about extensions. Industry comments have recently raised doubts about the continued usefulness and relevance of government agreements for major projects of the 21st century. In the early 2000s, the Keating Review of the Project Development Authorization System reported that the industry had differing views on the mechanism of the state agreement. Nearly two decades later, debate and debate in Parliament on bills to amend or ratify state agreements provides an overview of current views on state agreements and the role they could play in the future in Western Australia`s resource sector.
Western Australian ores belong to the crown. Any person or company wishing to carry out exploration or mining activities must receive a mineral rental house from the department. The department is the designated spring agency for proposals for mining, oil, geothermal and carbon capture and storage. The department is responsible for the management of these mining titles and the maintenance of title registry systems (through Mineral Titles Online and Tengraph® Online), which provide up-to-date information on land availability and details on mining buildings in Western Australia. Government agreements are not a “one-off approach” to resource development in VA. Although all agreements have similar provisions, they are negotiated on a case-by-case basis and, as such, have project-specific clauses.