Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the legal regime applicable to mining. The course will expose students to the following topic areas: constitutional and administrative law issues, ownership of mining land, allocation of mining rights, environmental law issues, native title, contracts, and judicial review.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge and understanding of the legal regime applicable to mining including relevant constitutional provisions and administrative law.

2. Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge and understanding of the Mining Act, tenements, allocation of mining rights, environmental protection, and native title.

3. Apply acquired specialist legal knowledge through in depth analysis of practical problems and case studies.

4. Critically evaluate key policy debates and practice surrounding mining, environmental protection, native title, and administrative law.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. The legal regime applicable to mining;
  2. Applicable domestic and international legal rules, their history and principles;
  3. Constitutional provisions and administrative law issues;
  4. Allocation and transfer of mining rights;
  5. Licenses and leases for exploration and prospecting;
  6. Native title;
  7. Environmental protection provisions and enforcement;
  8. Judicial review;
  9. Corporate governance for mining companies.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Essay: Research Essay

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.