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.


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Golden Pig Enterprises Pty Ltd v Crocker and others [2021] WAMW 7Golden Pig Enterprises Pty Ltd v Crocker and others [2021] WAMW 7

On 31 March 2021, Warden O’Sullivan handed down a decision of the Warden’s Court in Golden Pig Enterprises Pty Ltd v Crocker and others [2021] WAMW 7. This case concerned an objection made in relation to an application for an exploration licence on grounds that the application was non-compliant with the Mining Act 1978 (WA)(the Act).  
The Court found that, where an application for a mining tenement requires the application to be accompanied by a document specifying certain matters, those matters must be stated clearly, explicitly and in sufficient detail in that document itself.  In this case, the accompanying document was non-compliant and, as a result, the application was invalid.



On 20 May 2020, Queensland passed the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Qld). Among other things, the Act introduced industrial manslaughter offences into the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld), Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld), Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld), and Explosives Act 1999 (Qld). These provisions took effect on 1 July 2020. The commencement of these changes coincides with a strong focus from safety regulators across Queensland on enforcement action and accountability at the senior management level. This paper addresses the new industrial manslaughter regime for the Queensland resources sector including practical implications. 

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 Alexandra S Wawryk, Senior Lecturer Law School, The University of Adelaide
Committee Members:
• Simon Bladen, Rio Tinto
• Kanaga Dharmananda, Francis Burt Chambers WA Bar
• Mark Gerus, Francis Burt Chambers
• Peter Holden, ActewAGL
• Lauren Kirkwood, Baker & McKenzie
• Natalie Lonergan, Norton Rose Fulbright
• Robert Merrick, Herbert Smith Freehills
• James Minchinton, Sparke Helmore
• Peter Rose, Johnson Winter & Slattery


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.


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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