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Program to support petroleum exploration and appraisal activities in the Beetaloo sub-basin

On 18 March 2021, the Commonwealth Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, announced the opening of the $50 million Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program.

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March Australian Energy & Resources Market Update

Our update covers mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy.

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Carbon appétit: Government expresses hunger for carbon capture and storage via new fund

On 1 March 2021, the Commonwealth Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, launched the $50 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Development Fund (Fund) to support the growth...

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Victoria positions itself to become a global hydrogen leader

In early February the Victorian Government announced that a new, $10 million hydrogen hub would be constructed in Melbourne’s south east.

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Industrial manslaughter in the Queensland coal industry

The industrial manslaughter provisions commenced on 1 July 2020 with amendments made to a number of Mineral and Energy Resources legislative instruments including the Coal Mining Safety & Health...

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December Australian Energy & Resources Market Update

Our update covers mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy.

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All roads lead to renewables? New laws support NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap

On 3 December 2020, the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill 2020 (NSW) (Renewables Bill) was assented to, which for many can be viewed as the final brick in the road towards a recalibration...

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Queensland Government introduces further mine rehabilitation reforms

Recent amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act) further reform the mine rehabilitation regime in Queensland.

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Federal government backing construction of the Hunter Valley Gas Power Plant

The Federal Government demands 1000MW of dispatchable capacity investment by April 2023, otherwise it will intervene and build a new gas-fired power station in NSW’s Hunter Valley.

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Proposals involving fracking require referral to the EPA for assessment

We examine recent amendments made to the Environmental Protection Regulations 1987 (WA) that require proposals involving fracking to be referred to the EPA for assessment.

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September Australian energy & resources market update

Our update covers mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy.

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Funding boost for Victorian clean energy projects

The Victorian Government announced plans to test interest and capacity for a minimum of 600 megawatts of new solar, wind and other renewable generation projects state wide, in a bid to drive the...

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ACCC releases Gas Market Inquiry 2017 – 2025 Interim Report

A summary of the key findings and recommendations drawn from the Gas Market Inquiry 2017 – 2025 Interim Report released on 17 August 2020 (Report).

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Commonwealth Government introduces a Bill to establish the Grid Reliability Fund

If enacted, the Bill will establish the Grid Reliability Fund (Fund) under the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 (Cth) (Act) and appropriate $1 billion to the Fund.

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Seven Shortlisted for ARENA’s Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round

On 20 July 2020, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced that seven companies have been shortlisted to advance to the full application stage of ARENA’s Renewable Hydrogen Deployment...

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August Australian energy & resources market update

Our update covers mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy.

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Water Regulator flexes its muscles in NSW prosecution against Whitehaven

The introduction of the NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) in 2017 marked a shift towards far greater scrutiny of compliance by water users with the complex web of water laws and...

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Labour hire – contractors or employees?

Following on from the May 2020 Full Federal Court decision in Rossato, in July 2020 the Full Federal Court handed down its judgment in another labour hire case, Construction, Forestry, Maritime...

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July Australian energy & resources market update

Our update covers mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy.

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Release of new petroleum exploration tenements for competitive tender

The Queensland Government has released five new areas of land totalling 1,459km2 in Queensland’s Bowen and Surat basins for petroleum and gas exploration.

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The convergence of human rights law and environmental and climate change litigation in Australia

In the past 18 months the Australian legal landscape has seen novel challenges to planning decisions in the area of greenhouse gas impacts of projects and the resulting impact on climate change...

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A shake up of planning and development laws in New South Wales

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a considerable amount of recent activity by Planning Ministers all over Australia. This article provides an overview of these recent activities as well as an...

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Pre-feasibility study on Bowen Basin Pipeline – Queensland Government

On 20 August 2020, the Queensland Government announced that it will invest $5 million towards a pre-feasibility study of a potential new gas pipeline from the Bowen Basin.

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WA EPA releases its revised guideline on the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions

The EPA has released an updated guideline on its approach to GHG emissions assessment.

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Update on Regulation of the Resources Sector

The Productivity Commission (Commission) has released its draft report on Resources Sector Regulation, inviting submissions from the public and affected stakeholders on its proposed findings and...

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