Paper on state agreements presented to Legalwise ‘Mining Agreements Intensive’ (28 March 2018)A State Agreement is the legislative approval of a contract between the executive government and a company to build/operate a specified development. Most State Agreements comprise a long contract between the company and the executive (eg. Minister, Premier) which is scheduled to a short covering statute documenting the legislature’s approval. This enables government and company to structure regulation for the operation where existing law is absent or inappropriate. This paper examines State Agreement developments in Western Australia, including:

  • Usage
  • Content in regulating infrastructure
  • Legal interpretation
  • Enforcement and implementation