State Agreements are not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to resource development in Western Australia. Although all agreements have similar provisions, they are negotiated on a case-by-case basis and as such have project-specific clauses. 

The Minister for State Development will consider if a particular development needs a State Agreement and advise the proponents accordingly. Some of the criteria used in determining this need include: 

  • the lifespan of the project
  • the requirement for long-term certainty for the proponents
  • the existence of extensive or complex land tenure issues
  • whether the project is located in a relatively remote area of the State, thus requiring significant infrastructure development, such as rail networks
  • significance of the project to the economic development of the State.

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