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

That in collaboration with the Government, Land Councils and AAPA, an independent, third-party designs and implements an information program to ensure that reliable, accessible, trusted and accurate information about any onshore shale gas industry is effectively communicated to all Aboriginal people who will be affected by any onshore shale gas industry. That the program be funded by the gas industry.

Target completion date

Stage 2.
To be completed by end 2021 (delayed).

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Ensuring respectful consultation, information, and negotiation
Lead agency
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Action item update

Implementation progress

An Aboriginal Information Program Working Group has been formed with members from the NT Government, the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA), the Northern and Central Land Councils, industry representatives and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA).

As part of Stage 1, a Scope of Works was developed by CSIRO and approved by the group in March 2020.

In 2020, CSIRO worked collaboratively with land councils to develop initial fact sheets with information that is:

clear, factual and relevant content for communication material to distribute to communities potentially affected by shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory, particularly for translation into languages of local Aboriginal communities.

An initial fact sheet regarding Water is now with the Aboriginal Interpreter Service for scripting and interpretation.

CM&C is working closely with CSIRO and Land Councils to engage a dedicated CSIRO officer to develop ongoing engagement materials and deliver the program in person across the Territory.