Yet new state agreements are now much rarer than in the 1960s and 1970s. A number of recent government agreements have been reached to authorize the construction of major railway lines – a circumvention necessary in light of the Public Works Act 1902 (AV), which provides that a railway can only be built under the supervision of special legislation. The special legislation does not necessarily have to be done through a state agreement, but that is the approach that the VA government has taken in practice. 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. The department is responsible for the management of these mining titles and the maintenance of title registry systems (through Mineral Titles Online and Tengraph® Online), which provide up-to-date information on land availability and details on mining buildings in Western Australia. There is a new request for a review of decades-long agreements between mining companies and the Government of Western Australia. The State Development Minister will consider whether a given development needs a state agreement and advise supporters accordingly. Some of the criteria used to determine these needs are: Western Australian minerals are part of the crown. Any person or company wishing to carry out exploration or mining activities must receive a mineral rental house from the department.
We are responsible for managing Alcoa`s mining and refining operations in the VA under 3 State Agreements. In accordance with Ministerial Declaration 728 issued by the Minister of the Environment in September 2006, the criteria for the completion of the Alcoa bauxite mine reclamation in the northern Jarrah Forest in the Darling Range must be revised. The Mining Exploration and Management Program Liaison Group, an inter-institutional group chaired by the Division, conducted the review in 2014. The revised completion criteria apply to rehabilitation, which was established from 2016 until they are replaced by future revisions to the criteria. The revised fencing criteria can be revised and are also available on the websites of Alcoa and the Department of Biodiversity, Nature Protection and Tourist Sites. The Mining Act of 1978 sets out the framework within which mineral exploration and mining activities can take place. The mining regulations at the end of 1981 have the administrative procedures for authorizing these activities by granting a rental house. Legal updates to the mining and construction sector of the VA Products and services of the department include land access advice, land availability, processing and determination of mining title applications, maintaining the title registry system and managing tenants` legal requirements. Government agreements are not a « one-off approach » to resource development in VA.
Although all agreements have similar provisions, they are negotiated on a case-by-case basis and, as such, have project-specific clauses. The North West Shelf (Woodside) Agreement and the Railway and Port Agreement (The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd) are just two recent examples of agreements that have inserted local content commitments.