Using Collaborative Contracting Structures for Critical Minerals Exploration Opportunities in Australia

By Jay Leary and Jaya Prasad Summary Global investment in the clean energy transition has placed increased demand pressures on critical minerals supply chain Australia is already a key player in the critical minerals market but there is further opportunity to expand Australia’s offering to the global market Key risks include geological scarcity, sovereign and … Read more

WA Government’s response to ‘Enough is Enough’

By Anna Creegan, Rachel Lee and Calvin Rokich On 21 September 2022 the WA Government tabled its response (Response) to the ‘Enough is Enough’ report (Report) made by the Western Australian Parliament’s Community Development and Justice Standing Committee following the Inquiry into sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry (Inquiry). Read more

Supreme Court of South Australia overturns exploration drilling approval reinforcing the significance of Aboriginal cultural heritage issues

By Melanie Debenham, Naomi Hutchings and Nigel Amigh A recent decision of the Supreme Court of South Australia has reinforced the significance of Aboriginal cultural heritage issues in the process of obtaining approvals for mining and exploration activities. In Dare, Bilney & Ors v Kelaray Pty Ltd, Premier of South Australia [2022] SASC 91 (Dare … Read more

Chile’s Copper Royalty Reform

By Jay Leary The Chilean government have announced the introduction of a tax reform bill that will introduce a new royalty system payable by copper miners. This bill contains a variable royalty rate, dependent on the quantity of copper sold. Rates could increase to as high as 32% depending on the price of copper. Given … Read more

Queensland State Coal Royalties: Out of step with all other jurisdictions

By Jay Leary To the great surprise of all within the industry, the Queensland government has announced significant changes to the royalty regime for coal. The changes end what has otherwise been a stable period of royalty policy nationally. The royalty changes proposed are well out of step with other jurisdictions and display a deep … Read more

Saudi strategy will make KSA a mining hub, industry pundits believe

Saudi Arabia has in recent years been under scrutiny as a major player in the oil-based carbon economy, but it is now drawing praise for its strategic shift towards the discovery and extraction of minerals and metals. In an online media session to discuss the implications of the Kingdom’s new mining regime, global industry leaders … Read more

What you need to know about directors’ duties and ESG

ESG presents complex and multifaceted issues for energy and resources companies, including heightened scrutiny on boards. In this article, we break down the key things you need to consider from an ESG perspective when discharging directors' duties. Read more