Draft regulations released for Eligible Mining Activity Framework

The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has released draft regulations setting out the requirements of the Eligible Mining Activity framework. The EMA framework introduces a new avenue for authorisation for certain eligible low impact prospecting and exploration activities. Eligible activities will be those which are typically minimal in disturbance and do not result in lasting environmental impact. The intent of the EMA framework is effectively designed to reduce some ‘red tape’ for prospectors and explorers. Read more

Offshore wind in Australia – Detailed financial security requirements open for consultation

The Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Amendment Regulations 2024 (Draft Regulations) and a Consultation Paper have been released for discussion, which seek to operationalise the obligation in section 117(1) of the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 (OEI Act) to provide financial security to the Commonwealth in respect of the conduct of offshore wind projects. For an overview … Read more

Review of WA’s Mining Rehabilitation Fund released

On 18 April 2024, the Western Australian (WA) Government tabled in Parliament the ‘Review of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund’ (MRF Review), prepared by Marsden Jacob Associates (Marsden Jacobs) for the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry, Regulation, and Safety (DEMIRS). The report was produced as part of a requirement by the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012 (MRF Act) that the legislative scheme be reviewed by the Minister every 10 years.   Read more

Queensland’s new energy transition laws

The Queensland Parliament has passed the Clean Economy Jobs Act 2024 (Clean Economy Jobs Act) and the Energy (Renewable Transformation and Jobs) Act 2024 (Renewable Transformation Act) to enshrine Queensland’s renewable energy targets and greenhouse gas emissions targets into legislation. The Queensland Government has also introduced a Bill proposing to expand the scope of the GasFields Commission Queensland and rename it as Coexistence Queensland. Read more

Offshore wind in Australia – Consultation opens on draft regulations covering management plans and financial security

The draft regulations have been highly anticipated as they provide further detail around regulation of offshore electricity infrastructure. Notably, this includes the process and requirements for submission and approval of management plans for activities and payment of financial security. Both are required prior to feasibility licence holders commencing regulated activities. The draft regulations are accompanied … Read more

Offshore Wind in Australia – March 2024

A number of steps have occurred towards development of Australia’s offshore wind industry, although significant challenges remain. On 6 March 2024, the Southern Ocean region off the coast of Port Fairy and Warrnambool was declared an offshore wind zone under the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021. Applications for feasibility licences are now open, closing 2 … Read more

Queensland introduces Bill to strengthen regulatory responses under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld)

On 13 February 2024, the Environmental Protection (Powers and Penalties) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2024 (Qld) (Powers and Penalties Bill) was introduced to the Queensland Parliament.  The Powers and Penalties Bill proposes a suite of amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act) intended to strengthen and streamline regulatory responses to environmental harm, in response to the recommendations of the Independent Review of the EP Act undertaken in 2022. Read more