State Agreements Act

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. State agreements are not a one-size-fits-all approach to the development of VA resources. . . .

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