Action item 11.6

Progress

75%

75% Complete.
Consultation undertaken on draft policy, guideline, framework, Bill development.

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 August 2022.

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

In 2020, through the Aboriginal Information Program, CSIRO has continued to work collaboratively with land councils to identify information requirements and develop factsheets with clear, factual and relevant content for translation into languages of local Aboriginal communities potentially affected by shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing.

The following fact sheets, have been finalised, re-scripted by the Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) and are now progressing to interpretation into  the 18 languages AIS are able to offer translation services for:

  • Groundwater
  • methane
  • "about shale gas"

The Northern Territory Government signed a five-year agreement with CSIRO in December 2021 to deliver the Community Engagement and Information Program face-to-face through a full-time dedicated position based in the Northern Territory.

CSIRO appointed the new Community Engagement and Information Program lead in April 2022, based in Darwin in the Indigenous Science and Knowledge team with CSIRO Land and Water Business Unit. The team conducts a range of research with Indigenous co-research partners to address the challenges and harness future opportunities to support Indigenous leaders and their research and innovation agendas.

Beyond the initial fact sheets, that deliver 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, the ongoing delivery of the Aboriginal Information Program will form part of the Community Engagement and Information Program contracted to CSIRO, which includes a dedicated CSIRO officer, based within the Land and Water Division of the CSIRO Darwin Office, to develop ongoing engagement materials and deliver the program in person across the Northern Territory.

While delivery of translated products from this project has been delayed, commitment to ensure delivery of the project achieves the desired intent has been maintained.