Action item 10.1



50% Complete.
Government approval for consultation on draft policy, guideline, framework, Bill.

That formal site or regional-specific HHRA reports be prepared and approved by the regulator prior to the grant of any production approvals.

Such HHRA reports must address the potential human exposures and health risks associated with the exploration for, and the production of, any shale gas development, off-site transport, and the decommissioning of wells, as recommended in NCRA guidance. The HHRA reports must include risk estimate assessments for exposure pathways that are deemed to be incomplete.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end June 2022.

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Managing social and cultural impacts
Lead agency
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Action item update

Implementation progress

National guidance for human health and environmental risk assessment will be adopted by the Northern Territory and made enforceable via amendment to the Petroleum Act 1984 and the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016. Introduction of the amendment Bill into Parliament is proposed for late 2022.