The Australian Government has established a legislative framework to enable offshore infrastructure projects to be undertaken in Australian Commonwealth waters – generally waters from three nautical miles from the coastline extending to the end of Australia’s exclusive economic zone. A key aspect of this framework is the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021. While offshore wind energy projects have been an initial focus for renewable energy in Commonwealth waters, the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 regulates offshore renewable energy more broadly – not just offshore wind energy, but also generation and transmission infrastructure associated with the sun, ocean tides and currents, rain, geothermal and other potential sources. This paper summarises the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 and other key legislation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and interests in ‘sea country’ – that is, in offshore areas or Commonwealth waters

Summary of key legislation applying to offshore renewable development areas

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  • Emily Gerrard

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Place: Australia

Institution: First Nations Clean Energy Network

Date: August 2023

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The Australian Government has established a legislative framework to enable offshore infrastructure projects to be undertaken in Australian Commonwealth waters – generally waters from three nautical miles from the coastline extending to the end of Australia’s exclusive economic zone. A key aspect of this framework is the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021. While offshore wind energy projects have been an initial focus for renewable energy in Commonwealth waters, the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 regulates offshore renewable energy more broadly – not just offshore wind energy, but also generation and transmission infrastructure associated with the sun, ocean tides and currents, rain, geothermal and other potential sources. This paper summarises the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 and other key legislation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and interests in ‘sea country’ – that is, in offshore areas or Commonwealth waters

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