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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 December 2019.

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Ensuring respectful consultation, information, and negotiation
Lead agency

Action item update

Implementation progress

NT Government agencies, the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, the Northern and Central Land councils, industry representatives and APPEA have agreed to jointly develop an information package for engaging with affected aboriginal people, which will include advice on the best approaches to sharing information with this group and when and how interpreter services are warranted.

The government amended the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016 to ensure that any stakeholder, including Native Title holders and land councils, have an opportunity to comment on draft Environment Management Plans for drilling of petroleum wells and hydraulic fracturing, before they are approved.