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Unit Overview


This unit, about the legal and policy essentials of mining regulation in Western Australia, is taught as an intensive short course. The course examines the economics and geology of natural resources in Western Australia; land open for mining and native title; the constitutional framework; public and private ownership of minerals; history, theory and systems of resource disposition; the disposition regime of minerals with respect to exploration and production; review of warden's and ministerial decisions; dealings in resources titles; private royalty interests; state agreements; and mining's interaction with Indigenous interests, community and the environment.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify, understand and explain the fundamental principles of mining regulation; (2) critically analyse and apply principles of mining regulation and solve problems by applying these principles; (3) communicate effectively and be able to write a clear, structured and concise answer to a problem in mining regulation; and (4) relate the principles of mining regulation to social and economic policy.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) introductory assessment (short summary); (2) research paper; and (3) take home assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Sharon Mascher and John Southalan
Unit rules
LAWS3371 Mining and Energy Law (formerly 200.371 Mining and Energy Law 371), LAWS5144 Mining and Energy Law
Approved quota: 25—first come, first serve, but with a guaranteed place in the unit for any student enrolled in the MMEL..
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 30 October - 1 November 2024. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
Students must be aware that they will not graduate until 2025 if taking this unit.
Texts and

Materials and copies of the Mining Act 1978 (WA) and the Mining Regulations of Western Australia are supplied at the commencement of this unit.

Bartlett, R. Mining and Energy Law: Course Reader


Australian Energy and Resources Law Journal

Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association yearbooks

Hunt, M. Mining Law in Western Australia, 4th edn: Federation Press 2009


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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.