The Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal (ARELJ) began as a collaboration between The Centre for Energy and Resources Law of the University of Melbourne, The Centre for Mining Energy and Natural Resources Law of the University of Western Australia and Energy & Resources Law Association (formerly AMPLA Limited).

A peer reviewed, academic publication, the ARELJ covers current issues, recent developments and challenges relevant internationally and locally to each state and territory.

As well as peer reviewed articles, the ARELJ contains comments on matters of interest, notes on recent developments in case law and legislation, case notes and occasional book reviews.

ARTICLES 

DECOMMISSIONING LIABILITIES – FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS?
David A. W. Maloney, AM

This paper examines the circumstances in which titleholders who had recently acquired late-life petroleum production assets located off New Zealand’s shores and in Commonwealth waters off Australia’s shores were able to avoid liability for the costs of decommissioning wells and related infrastructure, and the responses of the respective governments and industry to the measures proposed or adopted to avoid a recurrence.

 

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

TRANSITIONING SECTION 18 ABORIGINAL HERITAGE ACT 1972 CONSENTS UNDER THE ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ACT 2021 OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Jim Bartlett, BCom (Economics/Business Law), Juris Doctor Student- University of Western Australia.

The legislative reform from the recently passed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 (WA) enables section 18 consents under the existing Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) to continue for many years, and allows for a period where applications under the 1972 Act can continue to be made. With these consents being no stranger to controversy over the course of nearly 50 years, this note summarises the timeline for which section 18 applications can be made, how the new Act differentiates section 18 consents by the date of their application, and the differing lifespan and reporting requirements for these consents.

Editorial Committee

The Editorial Committee is responsible for the publication of AREL Journal, reviewing all submissions, and approving or rejecting each for publication.

Editor: Dr Penny Crossley, Associate Professor, The University of Sydney Law School
Editorial Board:
• Peter Holden, Chair, ActewAGL
• Simon Bladen, Rio Tinto
• Kanaga Dharmananda, Francis Burt Chambers WA Bar
• Mark Gerus, Francis Burt Chambers
• Lauren Kirkwood, Rio Tinto
• Natalie Lonergan, Norton Rose Fulbright
• Robert Merrick, Herbert Smith Freehills
• James Minchinton, Sparke Helmore
• Peter Rose, Johnson Winter & Slattery
• Samantha Smart, Price Waterhouse Cooper

Submissions

Authors considering a submission should contact their State Coordinator to discuss whether any proposed topic has already been assigned to an author.

 

Submission Requirements

An article is 3-10,000 words and argues a core substantial point with appropriate supporting analysis and references. An article may be submitted to the Branch Coordinator at any time. Articles are subject to peer review and will not be published until that process is complete.

Comments, case notes and book reviews are 1-3,000 words and will give an explanation and analysis of a recent topical issue, case or book.

Recent development reports are up to 1,500 words and describe a recent policy, legislative or case law development with minimal analysis

 

Notes for Authors

Authors preparing submissions for the AREL Journal should ensure that all references and other material are in accordance with the Notes for Authors.

Copyright

Articles subject to peer review - authors are required to provide an assignment of their copyright.

Other submissions - authors are required to provide Energy & Resources Law with a licence to publish

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