AMPLA is a not-for-profit association established in 1976 to advance the knowledge of law relating to mineral and petroleum resources. Over recent years the interests of AMPLA have extended to include climate change, emissions trading, the environment, native title and all legal aspects of energy production and marketing.
AMPLA is governed by a National Board of Directors. Each year, AMPLA holds its National Annual Conference, which rotates around Australia's major cities. In addition to this, the State Branches hold seminars, workshops, conference and social functions.
On a biennial basis, AMPLA co-presents with the IBA Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL) with the support of the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum, the AMPLA / IBA Resources and Energy Law Conference South East Asia.
To further its educational objectives, AMPLA funds research and offers a number of university course prizes throughout Australia, and occasionally provides lectures and short form tertiary courses in conjunction with university law schools.
The flagship publication of AMPLA, the Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal is produced in association with the Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law of The University of Western Australia, the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of The University of Melbourne and The School of Law of The University of Waikato.