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The Energy and Resources Law Association (ER Law) wants to know what matters to its members. We want to understand why you engage with ER Law, what is most important to you and what we can do to enhance your experience as a member.
We also want to know what it is we aren’t giving you.  What isn’t being provided to members.
 
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We have more planned. Our next step is to conduct qualitative interviews and we’d like identify people who would be willing to participate in a further interview – members, non-members, former and potential members.

And there’s a prize pool as a way of thanking you for your time.
 
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Energy and Resources Law Association
 

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The Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill

 

The Federal government has introduced the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 into parliament. This intends to build a framework to facilitate the development, construction, operation and decommissioning of fixed and floating renewable generation and transmission projects in Australia’s territorial sea. It also has the potential to apply to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal energy. 

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A gas-led recovery is on the way

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the Australian economy hard. In the March and June quarters of 2020, GDP plunged 7.3%, placing the country into recession. While the economy has since partially rebounded, the government has developed a long term plan for a gas-fired recovery.
 
The economic benefits could be significant. A recent Ernst & Young report found that the oil and gas industry could boost the economy by over $350 billion and create 220,000 new jobs over the next 20 years if key projects are supported.
 
This will be delivered across three key areas. Of the measures outlined, some are well on the way with others yet to come.
 

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New developments in the hydrogen industry

We can expect significant legislative reform for the hydrogen industry in the near future. This follows a review of all Australian laws (both Federal and State) in 2019 that found there were approximately 730 pieces of legislation and 119 standards related to the industry and recent developments that are seeking to develop the industry further.

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Amendments to Native Title Act give industry stability

Recent amendments to both the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) and the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) (CATSI Act) are intended to better resolve Native Title claims and provide stability for industry.

The Native Title Legislation Amendment Act 2020 addresses the problems caused by the McGlade decision as they relate to ‘right to negotiate’ agreements or section 31 agreements.