Action item 11.7



Approved by decision makers.
Recommendation implemented.

That Land Councils, traditional Aboriginal owners and gas companies consider making all, or if this is not appropriate, part of petroleum exploration agreements publicly available.

Target completion date


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

The Northern Territory Government consulted Land Councils affected by existing exploration permits and the Australian Petroleum and Production Exploration Association (APPEA) on the implementation of this recommendation.

Land Councils and APPEA considered the request to make confidential Petroleum Exploration Agreements made under the Native Title Act 1993 or Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern Territory) 1976, between Traditional Owners and exploration companies publicly available, and advised they do not support implementation of this request. Petroleum exploration agreements involving potential hydraulic fracturing will remain confidential.