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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 mid 2020. (currently 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). The Working Group has agreed to coordinate the development of an Aboriginal information package in two stages.

As part of Stage 1, a Scope of Works developed by CSIRO and approved by the group in March 2020. This work consists of CSIRO delivering a package of 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.

To ensure content of the package delivers on the intended purpose of the program, Land Councils are working directly with CSIRO to finalise the draft package that will be presented to the working group for their endorsement and decision on next steps.

Whilst delivery of this project has been delayed, AIP working group members are engaged and supportive of the approach being taken to ensure delivery of the project achieves the desired intent.