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Update on lifting of on-shore conventional gas moratorium

As of 1 July 2021, the moratorium on onshore conventional gas exploration and production that was put in place by the Victorian Government in 2014 was lifted, but a ban on fracking and coal seam...

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CarbonNet and Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain projects enabled under the Victorian OPGGS Amendment Bill

Various commercial projects are now permitted following implementation of a cross-boundary title regime which removes legislative barriers to greenhouse gas storage activities which overlap...

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Energy Legislation Amendment Bill

Victoria’s energy system is rapidly transitioning as Victoria pursues its legislated 2050 net-zero target. To support physical changes to the existing electricity network, regulatory reform is...

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Energy Security Board: Post 2025 Market Design, Options – A paper for consultation

The Energy Security Board (ESB) was established by COAG to develop required changes to the National Electricity Rules to meet the changing needs of the Australian electricity market.

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Hydrogen 2021 Federal Budget Update

On 11 May 2021 the Treasurer of the Commonwealth, the Honourable Josh Frydenberg, handed down the 2021/2022 Federal Budget. Pursuant to the Paris Agreement, the Government has committed to reducing...

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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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