There is a new request for a review of decades-long agreements between mining companies and the Government of Western Australia. The VA government also took the opportunity to amend existing government agreements to improve local content commitments. Since 2011, new Member States` agreements have increasingly incorporated local content provisions to ensure that local businesses can get the "maximum" benefits from these important projects. The main resources in Western Australia are iron ore, natural gas, gold, alumina and nickel. However, there are more than 50 different minerals that are mined in Western Australia, more than in any other Australian state or territory. Yet new state agreements are now much rarer than in the 1960s and 1970s. A number of recent government agreements have been reached to authorize the construction of major railway lines - a circumvention necessary in light of the Public Works Act 1902 (AV), which provides that a railway can only be built under the supervision of special legislation. The special legislation does not necessarily have to be done through a state agreement, but that is the approach that the VA government has taken in practice. The state participates in many federal aid programs and is required to enter into certain agreements with the federal government. The Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990 provides rules and procedures for the effective transfer of federal financial aid between federal and state authorities.
The law requires the state to enter into a cash agreement with the U.S. Treasury. The Western Australian Geological Survey (GSWA) publishes state-of-the-art reports, maps and databases that document the geology and oil reserves of Western Australia. Government agreements are not a "one-off approach" to resource development in VA. Although all agreements have similar provisions, they are negotiated on a case-by-case basis and, as such, have project-specific clauses.