BAE Systems has announced it will upgrade its waterfront facilities in Western Australia to deliver new services supporting Australia’s offshore oil and gas operations.

The company will invest more than AUD $8 million in its Henderson, WA, facility. Phase one of the upgrade will facilitate an increased range of commercial vessel support and offshore fabrication opportunities.

BAE Systems Australia’s Maritime Oil & Gas General Manager John Wood said the company already provided services to the oil and gas sectors from several international sites, including the USA.

Construction of a new oil and gas research facility has begun in the Northern Territory.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has introduced the Federal Government’s carbon tax legislation to Parliament, saying that the legislation will lead to reducing the country’s carbon production while stimulating the economy and creating jobs.

The Western Australian State Government has announced that a deal to overhaul the troubled $5.9 billion Oakajee port and rail development is only weeks away from being finalised.

The New South Wales State Government has pledged to drop its planned $944 million royalties hike if the Federal Government compensated the state for losses incurred with the planned Carbon Tax.

Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced a $299 million project to construct sustainable water supply for its iron ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The plant will have a planned capacity up to the 333 million tonnes (Mt/a).

The Queensland Government has announced the state will host both domestic and international top-level experts and industry leaders of the gas sector in a two-day International Gas Symposium.

The Queensland State Government has expressed its confidence in the health and longevity of its gas mining sector, with a number of new major investments set to deliver ‘decades of jobs for Queenslanders’.

The New South Wales State Government has announced it will follow Western Australia's example and move to increase mining royalties. The changes will be announced in the State Budget this week after State Treasurer Mike Baird outlined the policy.

An agreement between the South Australian Government and BHP Billiton over the company's proposed expansion to its Olympic Dam site seems to be inching closer after an initial draft indenture act has been outlined.

BHP Billiton has announced the company has approved a US$367 million investment for the third stage of development of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group’s (NCIG) coal handling facility in Newcastle.

A report commissioned by the mining industry and published Deloitte Access Group shows that mining companies are paying slightly more tax as a percentage of their income compared to the same time three years ago.

The South Australian Government is developing a cross-government strategy to increase the supply of people taking up careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to meet the future needs of local industry.

A new reference guide has been launched, bringing together the the major lessons of the leading practice handbooks and case studies from around the world in a single reference point for mine managers, senior operating personnel at mine sites, consultants, regulators and others involved in implementing practical and sustainable mining solutions.

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