Negotiation and regulation of land access agreements: lessons from Queensland

Katherine Curnow (Corresponding Author), Tina Hunter, Michael Weir, Laurence Boulle

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Unconventional gas resources (UGR) development activities in Queensland
frequently require co-existential use of private land by petroleum companies and private landholders. This situation in turn necessitates transactional negotiations between private landholders and petroleum companies about access to landholders’ private land to undertake UGR development activities. Concerns about these negotiations have led to the Queensland Government attempting to regulate aspects of these processes. This article utilises interview data from a pilot study conducted by the authors to examine private landholder perceptions of negotiations that have taken place over the last decade. In particular, it explores what the data reveals about a number of factors relevant to the justifiable regulatory objective of managing information asymmetry and unconstructive negotiation tactics and behaviours by and between the parties. The analysis in this article demonstrates the need to promote integrative dimensions of the negotiations and reasonable and good faith conduct in the negotiations by all parties, as well as the imperative of ensuring landholders receives sufficient information. The analysis and recommendations can inform the design of new regulatory regimes or the refinement of existing arrangements in Australian and international jurisdictions where there are co-existential UGR development activities and private land use, particularly in New South Wales and Western Australia which are yet to finalise their regulatory regimes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-135
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of World Energy Law and Business
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Australia
  • shale
  • contract
  • regulation
  • landholders
  • negotiation


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