State Agreements Western Australia

The VA government also took the opportunity to amend existing state agreements to improve local content obligations. Since 2011, local content provisions have been increasingly incorporated into new state agreements and incorporated into existing agreements to ensure that local businesses can make the most of these important projects. Nevertheless, new state treaties are now much less frequent than in the 1960s and 1970s. A number of recent state agreements have been concluded to allow the construction of important railways – a necessary work under the Public Labour Act of 1902 (AV) which requires that a railway can only be built under the supervision of a special law that must indicate as accurately as possible the railway line and the point of departure and end. The special law does not necessarily have to be done through a state agreement, but this is the approach taken in practice by the VA government. There is a new demand for a review of the state agreements that have been concluded for decades between mining companies and the Western Australian government. The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) publishes state-of-the-art reports, maps and databases that document Western Australia`s geology and petroleum resources. State agreements are not a one-size-fits-all 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. The main resources in Western Australia are 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. The North West Shelf (Woodside) Agreement and the Railway and Port (The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd) are just two examples of agreements that have introduced local content obligations.

The last state agreement to be amended by Parliament, the North-West Gas Agreement, dates back 40 years when it was amended in 2019. The main objective of this amendment was to extend the duration of the agreement, which allowed the continuation of the operation until 2071. However, the VA government took advantage of this opportunity to impose new obligations on the company by inserting clauses into “modern government agreements” requiring the implementation of community development plans and local participation plans for the project. We are responsible for managing Alcoa`s mining and refining activities in AV under 3 state agreements. The criteria for completing the rehabilitation of Alcoa`s bauxite mine in northern Jarrah Forest in the Darling Range are to be revised in accordance with Ministerial Declaration 728 issued by the Minister of the Environment in September 2006. The Liaison Group for Analysis and Management Programmes, an inter-authority group chaired by the department, conducted the review in 2014. The revised completion criteria apply to the rehabilitation, which was introduced from 2016 until it was replaced by future revisions of the criteria. The revised documentation of the closing criteria is available and is also available on the Alcoa and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions websites. For more information on Western Australia`s minerals and petroleum sector, see the latest Statistics Digest. . .


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