A new template agreement for land access is now available for use by WA landowners and petroleum explorers. The template was developed in response to feedback from landowners seeking clarification of what petroleum exploration might mean to them and how the could better engage in negotiations.

Over the past two years, AWE has assisted Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), during extensive collaboration with WAFarmers, Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia and vegetablesWA to develop the template agreement. The template incorporates constructive feedback received from agricultural landowners, including some of AWE’s key stakeholders in the Mid West.

AWE is proud to have been involved in this collaborative process, which is a good example of fostering ongoing positive coexistence between different land users and the petroleum industry.

The project provides an opportunity for many key industry stakeholders to strengthen existing working/landowner-industry relationships and successfully establish new ones.

In a statement, WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the template agreement provided certainty to landholders and petroleum explorers, ensuring that land access arrangements could be negotiated in a fair and equitable manner.

“I congratulate the work done by the various agricultural and petroleum organisations over the past two years in developing the agreement.”

Some key themes within the new template agreement include:

  • operator and landowner commitments to one another;
  • the right of the landowner to inspect the operations being carried out on their land;
  • notification periods for entering the property;
  • compensation;
  • rehabilitation; and
  • dispute resolution.

While AWE liaises with landowners to minimise any disruption, undertaking exploration or development activities on local properties can disrupt cropping or grazing programs. The template provides guidance on fair and equitable compensation arrangements.

If you have any questions about land access and how AWE works with landowners, please contact us.