Initial policy development underway.
That a comprehensive assessment of the cultural impacts of any onshore shale gas industry must be completed prior to the grant of any production approvals. The cultural assessment must:
- be designed in consultation with Land Councils and AAPA;
- engage traditional Aboriginal owners, native title holders and the affected Aboriginal communities, and be conducted in accordance with world-leading practice; and
- be resourced by the gas industry.
To be completed by end December 2021.
Action item updates
Cultural impact assessment will be undertaken by government in collaboration with experts in accordance with world leading practice and prior to the grant of any production approval. The cultural impact assessment will be undertaken in conjunction with the social impact assessment as part of the broader Strategic Regional Environmental Baseline Assessment (SREBA).
The government will consider the most appropriate legal or regulatory mechanism to seek funding from industry for this assessment.